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Pakistan Detains British National with Alleged al-Qaida Links

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Pakistani security officials say their agents have detained a man on suspicion of having links with al-Qaida terrorist network. The officials say the man -- who identified himself only as Shehzad and claims to be a British national -- was arrested late Sunday in a raid in a village north of Peshawar.

Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in war on terrorism, has killed or captured hundreds of al-Qaida militants since the attacks on the United States in 2001. Earlier this month, its security forces arrested Abu Farraj al-Libbi -- who is believed to be al-Qaida's number three leader. He is accused of masterminding two assassination attempts against President Pervez Musharraf in 2003, and a plot to kill Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, just weeks before he took office last year.

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