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Extradition of Al Qaeda Suspect Is Sought

May 04, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Yemen has asked Pakistan to extradite a suspected Al Qaeda leader wanted in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of a U.S. warship, a Yemeni official said.

The foreign ministry official said on condition of anonymity that Tawfiq Attash Khallad is on Yemen's most wanted list for his role in plotting the October 2000 attack on the Cole.

U.S. officials also suspect Attash of coordinating the activities of two hijackers who crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Attash, a Yemeni, and five other alleged Al Qaeda members were arrested in Karachi on Tuesday.

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