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Terror suspect headed to U.S.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Senior al Qaeda terrorist suspect Abu Farraj al-Libbi will be sent to the United States for prosecution even though he is believed to be behind two assassination attempts against Pakistan’s president and could have received the death penalty here.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said today that al-Libbi has not provided useful information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and that Pakistan is not interested in keeping him.

Al-Libbi was arrested May 2 after a shootout in northwestern Pakistan. At the time, a senior intelligence officer told the Associated Press al-Libbi had been in frequent contact with bin Laden in recent months and that Pakistani interrogators were grilling him on the terrorist chief’s whereabouts.

It is not clear when al-Libbi will be turned over or where he is being held.

Some officials have described al-Libbi as al Qaeda’s No. 3 leader.

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