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South Africa Says It Deported 5 Terror Suspects Before Vote

South Africa arrested and apparently deported five suspected members of Al Qaeda days before national elections last month, a move that led to the arrests of terrorism suspects in Jordan and Syria, the nation’s police commissioner said Wednesday. The commissioner, Jackie Selebi, told a parliamentary subcommittee in Cape Town that the suspects were deported on April 9, shortly before South Africa held the third elections in its decade of majority rule. “We arrested some people who had evil intentions against this country – five days before the elections,” Mr. Selebi said in remarks that were taped on Wednesday and broadcast on Thursday. “We got these people to leave. The result is that you saw in Jordan, in and around those days, a number of people arrested who were Al Qaeda. A number of people were arrested in Syria as a result of our operation.” Full Story

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