- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) An Algerian man believed to have helped plot bombings in the United States and Canada is being held by Canadian immigration officials, the Seattle Times reported yesterday.
Samir Ait Mohammed has been held secretly for several weeks in Vancouver, British Columbia, but no charges are pending against him, the newspaper reported.
Details of his apprehension were not available. Immigration officials and staff at Canada's Department of Justice declined comment.
FBI agents from Seattle have testified that Mr. Mohammed has ties to Ahmed Ressam, who was convicted earlier this year of conspiring to attack the Los Angeles airport during millennium celebrations, the Times reported.
Ressam, who is awaiting sentencing, has confirmed he was trained in Afghanistan camps financed by Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He says a top bin Laden deputy gave him $12,000 for his operation.
In July, Ressam testified against accomplice Mokhtar Haouari at a trial in New York. In that case, Ressam said he and Mr. Mohammed talked about "blowing up a neighborhood in Canada where there was an Israeli interest" in the summer of 1999, when they were living in Montreal.
Ressam, who was arrested in Washington state in December 1999 when he tried to bring explosives into the country from Canada, said Mr. Mohammed was aware Ressam intended a terrorist attack in the United States.
Mr. Mohammed suggested that any bomb "be implanted in a gasoline truck for a larger and more serious explosion," Ressam told the court.
Ressam also said Mr. Mohammed and some friends wanted to start their own training camp in Afghanistan.

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