- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2006

Iraqi authorities revealed the arrest yesterday of an al Qaeda operative who allegedly confessed to carrying out 116 beheadings. Maj. Raid al-Mafraji of the Interior Ministry said a large weapons cache and three other suspected terrorists were also nabbed.

The operative, Hussein Fahmi, is 28 years old and of Egyptian and Palestinian descent, according to the Associated Press. He was arrested two months ago in western Baghdad by the Interior Ministry’s Wolf Brigade after local residents tipped off authorities about possible terrorist activity. Among the victims he reportedly confessed to beheading was Shoshei Koda, the 24-year-old Japanese backpacker whose October 2004 murder sparked withdrawal debates in his home country.

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