British citizen held by coalition in Iraq

Jan. 9, 2005 at 8:06 PM

BAGHDAD, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A British citizen was being held Sunday in Iraq on suspicion of funding and aiding insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Mohamed Ali Abdul Razaq has been accused of financing Zarqawi's group, al Qaida in the Land of the Two Rivers, which has claimed responsibility for several bloody attacks, the Times of London reported Sunday. The group, formerly Tawheed wal Jihad, also beheaded captive British engineer Ken Bigley.

Abdul Razaq was arrested by American troops in Baghdad Oct. 10. He was in the custody of British forces Sunday at a military camp.

Abdul Razak moved to Britain in 1991 and was granted citizenship in June 2000. He is one of three British citizens thought to be held by coalition forces in Iraq.

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