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29 Jul 04,, 21:51
Key al-Qaeda suspect 'arrested'

Ghailani was reportedly arrested after a fierce gun battle (Photo: FBI)
Pakistan says it has arrested a key suspect in the bombings of two US embassies in East Africa in 1998.
He has been named as Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, an al-Qaeda militant who has a $25m American bounty on his head.

Pakistan Interior Minister Makhdoom Faisal Saleh Hayat said the Tanzanian was captured during a raid in a small town in central Pakistan on Sunday.

Ghailani was among 12 people held after a clash with security forces lasting nearly 12 hours, the minister said.

His Uzbek wife and two unidentified South African nationals are among those arrested with him, Mr Hayat added.


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Ghailani has been indicted in the US over the bombings of the American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, nearly six years ago.

More than 200 people were killed in the two explosions, including several American citizens.

A $25m reward had been offered by the US Government for information leading directly to Ghailani's arrest or conviction.

He is in his early 30s, and goes by the nicknames "Foopie" and "Ahmed the Tanzanian".

He is the most significant al-Qaeda suspect to be arrested by Pakistan since the capture of the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, more than a year ago.

The interior minister said it took the authorities a few days to make a positive identification of Ghailani, but it had now been established beyond any doubt that he was the person wanted by the FBI.