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Suspect Confesses Links To Shoe-Bomber

Sunday, 10 February 2002 12:00 AM

Moussaoui is currently in a U.S. prison on charges of participating in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks while Reid is being held for allegedly attempting to blow up an American airliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.

Yacine Aknouche, 27, also told French investigators he met suspected terrorist Ahmed Ressam during another stint in an Afghan training camp, in 1998, Le Journal du Dimanche reported Sunday.

Aknouche, an ethnic Algerian, was among several people arrested by French police last Monday in connection with a foiled plot to bomb the Strasbourg cathedral in Dec. 2000, in eastern France.

Ressam was arrested on the U.S.-Canadian border in 1999, after authorities found more than 100 pounds of explosives stashed in the trunk of his car. He was convicted of plotting to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport during the millennium celebrations.

But according to Journal du Dimanche, Aknouche may be linked to a larger, shadowy terrorist network operating in Europe.

Among Aknouche's alleged connections are two associates of Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden -- Abu Zoubeyda and Abu Jaffar -- now imprisoned in Britain.

Le Journal offered few details about Aknouche's alleged confessions.

The newspaper also reported that Belgian police have traced a call placed by Reid using a Belgian phone card last year. The card was found in the apartment of another terrorist suspect, Nizar Trabelsi.

Trabelsi was arrested last year in connection with another foiled plot to bomb the U.S. embassy in Paris.

Reid traveled to Belgium in early December to get a new British passport, before boarding an American Airlines flight from Paris on Dec. 22, with explosives packed in his shoes.

Reid allegedly received his marching orders in e-mailed messages from Pakistan. But police reportedly believe he may have also received assistance from extremists in France and elsewhere in Europe.

French media have also reported the type of explosives found in Reid's shoes -- a highly volatile compound known as TATP -- is the same as those found in Ressam's trunk in 1999.

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