Al-Qaida allegedly plotting abductions

Oct. 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A former Osama bin Laden henchman said al-Qaida is planning to take hostages in Germany, France and Britain to exchange for Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

Libyan-born Noman Benotman, a terrorist who reformed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, delivered his warning after a separate alleged bomb scheme was thwarted in the United States, Britain's Sun reported Thursday.

In that latest alleged plot, Pakistan-born naturalized U.S. citizen Farooq Ahmed, 34, is accused of scoping out subway stations in Washington for a bombing campaign.

Undercover agents posed as Islamic fanatics to expose the plot, which allegedly focused on three subway stations, including one near the Pentagon.

Benotman said in London al-Qaida leaders based in Pakistan's Waziristan province want to abduct people to exchange for Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, The Sun reported.

Mohammed is detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, awaiting trial.

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