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War on Terrorism - 2002-09-19


In the U.S. war on terrorism. Singapore has announced it arrested 21 suspected terrorists last month, most of whom belong to a regional Islamic group linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network. Also this week, a number of new al-Qaida suspects are now in U.S. custody. Deborah Block has the details.

The United States has taken custody of five al-Qaida suspects recently captured in Pakistan. Among them, Yemeni national Ramzi Binalshibh. He is believed to be the leader of the al-Qaida cell in Hamburg, Germany, which planned last year's September 11 terrorist attacks. U.S. officials say the suspects have been flown to a secret location, not in the United States. They were among the ten men captured last week in Pakistan during a police raid that killed two people. President George W. Bush welcomed the arrests.

"One by one, we're hunting the killers down. We are relentless, we are strong, and we're not going to stop."

Meanwhile, six men believed to be members of an al-Qaida cell based in the eastern U.S. state of New York have been arrested for providing material support to the terrorists. Five were apprehended in the town of Lackawanna, near the city of Buffalo. The sixth, Mohktar Al-Bakri, was arrested in Bahrain at his own wedding. Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said the suspects trained at one of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaida camps in Afghanistan. U.S deputy attorney general Larry Thompson

"While they were at the camp, Osama bin Laden visited and delivered a speech, instructing the approximately two hundred trainees in anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiment, as well as al-Qaida doctrine."

All of the six men arrested have been identified as U.S. citizens of Yemeni descent.