- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2002

Al Qaeda suspect arrested in Spain
MADRID Police have arrested an Algerian man suspected of being the financial chief in Spain of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.
Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy said Ahmed Brahim, 57, may have been involved in the financing of the August 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, because he had a "close relationship" with Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, now in a U.S. prison awaiting trial on conspiracy charges in those bombings.
Mr. Rajoy described Mr. Brahim as "an important member of al Qaeda in Spain." He said Mr. Brahim was hunted down with the help of U.S., German and French police after a seven-month investigation.
In a related development, the United States believes Osama bin Laden is hiding in the mountains of Pakistan along its border with Afghanistan and is seeking Islamabad's permission to stage a raid there, Time magazine reported yesterday.
In the issue due out today, the magazine said Christina Rocca, assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, visited Islamabad last month seeking permission for the raid from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Plane crashes in South Korea
SEOUL A Chinese passenger airplane crashed in bad weather as it approached South Korea's Kimhae airport near the southern port city of Busan today, a news report said.
The Boeing 767 plane from Beijing to Busan was carrying 115 passengers and 11 crewmen, said the all-news news cable network YTN.
YTN said the Air China plane crashed near a residential area, but it did not say whether there were any casualties on the plane and on the ground.
The majority of the passengers are believed to be South Koreans returning from sightseeing trips to China, it said.
Low cloud and dense fog reduced visibility as the plane approached for landing, YTN said.

American sect member detained in China
BEIJING A young man identified as a U.S. university student was taken into custody peacefully yesterday after unfurling a banner on crowded Tiananmen Square and shouting slogans supporting the outlawed Falun Gong sect.
The man, identified by Falun Gong supporters in the United States as Andrew Muir Ellsmore, 21, was quickly driven off in a police van that had been stationed nearby standard operating procedure in the public square that represents the heart of Chinese communism.

Colombia candidate attacked but unharmed
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia's leading presidential candidate was unharmed yesterday after a bomb exploded near his motorcade in an apparent assassination attempt, killing three bystanders and injuring 15 others.
Alvaro Uribe, a hard-liner running on pledges to crack down on leftist guerrillas, was traveling through the Caribbean coastal city of Barranquilla when a bomb placed under a bridge exploded.
Five police officers and 10 civilians were injured, including two children and the bus driver and passengers, officials in Barranquilla said.
Mr. Uribe appeared on local television and radio moments later to confirm that he was unharmed in the blast, which occurred shortly after the motorcade pulled away from a campaign event at the city's port.

Ukrainian Jews set upon in synagogue attack
KIEV, Ukraine Attackers beat up Jewish worshippers and smashed windows at the Ukrainian capital's main synagogue, the chief rabbi said yesterday, describing the attack as an anti-Jewish act sparked by tension in the Middle East.
"During evening prayers about 50 young men came with stones and then shouted 'Kill the Jews.' They broke 20 windows and after prayers they beat our people," Ukraine's chief rabbi, Moshe Azman, said of the incident, which happened on Saturday.
Attacks on Jews, synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other Jewish sites have increased across Europe since Israel launched a military offensive in the West Bank aimed at rooting out Palestinian militants two weeks ago.

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