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U.S. hunts Canadians in al-Qaeda attack plot

Major strike feared in next few months; Ottawa says suspects aren’t in Canada. Two Canadians were among seven al-Qaeda terrorist suspects named yesterday by top U.S. officials as possible key figures in an emerging plot to attack targets in the United States. The pair include Amer El-Maati, the brother of an acquaintance of Maher Arar, the Ottawa man whose detention by U.S. authorities and alleged torture in Syria are the subject of a public inquiry scheduled to begin June 21. “Amer El-Maati, an al-Qaeda member and a licensed pilot, is believed to have discussed hijacking a plane in Canada and flying it into a building into the United States,” Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller told reporters at a joint press conference with U.S. Attorney-General John Ashcroft. Full Story

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