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Britain Asks Pakistan to Extradite Bomb Plot Suspect


Britain has requested the extradition of a man arrested in Pakistan in the alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners over the Atlantic.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says Monday authorities are considering the request for extradition of Rashid Rauf. She said he was being investigated for possible links to the al-Qaida terrorist network.

British authorities have identified Rauf, a British citizen of Pakistani descent, as a key suspect in the bombing plot.

British authorities arrested more than two dozen suspects earlier this month in connection with the plot, which prosecutors said was in an advanced stage of planning. Authorities said plotters sought to bomb as many as 10 airliners.

Last week, British prosecutors said they had seized bomb-making materials, suicide notes and martyrdom videos in the probe. Authorities also referred to data from 400 computers and 20 cell phones.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.