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Conflicting Reports on Nabbed American Al-Qaida

Monday, 08 Mar 2010 10:00 AM

KARACHI — A US man with suspected ties to Al-Qaeda has been arrested in Pakistan, security officials said Monday, but ruled out initial reports that he was America's most-wanted Al-Qaeda spokesman.

"Our intelligence agencies officials have arrested a man who is identified as Abu Yahya Majadan al-Adam from Karachi," a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"So far we have learnt that he is an American," the official added.

"We suspect him to be an Al-Qaeda-linked operative but are investigating all possible details regarding his connections with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations," he told AFP.

Another security official also told AFP the man was a US citizen, but no details on the circumstances of the arrest were released.

Senior security officials denied the man was US-born Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn, who faces terror and treason charges in the United States and a one-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture.

The US embassy in Islamabad said Pakistani authorities had not notified diplomats about any arrest of a US citizen.

"We have no information that he has been picked up," embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire told AFP when asked about initial reports overnight that Gadahn was arrested on Sunday in the southern port city of Karachi.

Asked about reports that the arrested man is an Egyptian-American, Snelsire said "again we have no information yet. I have to refer you to Pakistani officials".

Gadahn has been indicted in California for treason and providing material support to Al-Qaeda. The FBI says the 31-year-old US citizen operates under multiple aliases, including "Azzam the American".

The charges relate to Gadahn's alleged involvement in a number of terrorist activities, including providing aid and comfort to Al-Qaeda and services for Al-Qaeda, the FBI says.

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KARACHI — A US man with suspected ties to Al-Qaeda has been arrested in Pakistan, security officials said Monday, but ruled out initial reports that he was America's most-wanted Al-Qaeda spokesman.
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