- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Sudanese dad says son not a terrorist
KHARTOUM, Sudan The father of a Sudanese pilot suspected of planning terrorist attacks and arrested in the United States denied the charges and said his son was "too meek to kill a bird."
"My son, as I know him, has no political affiliation and is too meek to hit a bird or kill a pigeon, let alone attack the White House," Hamad Mekki Hamad told the independent daily Al-Watan.
The Washington Times reported last week that U.S. intelligence agencies were looking for Mr. Hamad's 30-year-old son, Mekki Hamed Mekki, because he planned to hijack an airplane and fly it into the White House. The Bush administration said later said the pilot, who was working as a taxi driver in North Carolina, had been detained.

Kashmiri separatists attack polls, kill 10
SRINAGAR, India Separatists killed 10 persons in grenade attacks on polling stations and gunbattles with soldiers yesterday, determined to frighten voters on the eve of state elections in Kashmir.
The violence came as tens of thousands of Indian soldiers built sandbag bunkers at polling booths for the second round of voting today in India's portion of the Himalayan province, which is also claimed by neighboring Pakistan.
Voters in the two cities go to the polls today.

Pakistan barricades vulnerable churches
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Fearing new attacks on Christian targets in Pakistan, police removed signs identifying churches set up in private homes and fortified other Christian sites with sandbag bunkers, authorities said yesterday.
The measures came after police found maps of two churches and a Christian school, along with weapons and explosives, during the arrest of two suspected Islamic militants in the southern port city of Karachi, Interior Ministry officials told the Associated Press.
Police said the Christian sites were all in central Karachi.

Grenade explosion hits U.S. Embassy
JAKARTA, Indonesia Days after terrorism threats closed several U.S. embassies in the region, a hand grenade exploded yesterday in a car near a house belonging to the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, killing one man.
There was conflicting information as to whether the device was meant to harm Americans. But the incident underscored the tenuous security situation in the world's largest Muslim nation as Washington seeks to enlist it as a partner in the war on terror.
When the grenade went off, neighborhood residents attempted to chase down three men who survived the explosion inside the car, capturing the injured driver and holding him until police arrived.

Bomb attack in Bilbao blamed on ETA
MADRID A bomb exploded last night in the coastal city of Bilbao, killing at least one person in what appeared to be a bungled attack by the Basque separatist group ETA, authorities said.
The bomb went off in or underneath a parked car in the Basurto neighborhood on the outskirts of the port city just before midnight, according to the regional Basque Interior Ministry.
The ministry said investigators were working to identify the remains of one or possibly two people killed in the blast. There were no other casualties.

U.N. support sought for attack on Iraq
COPENHAGEN The European Union and 10 Asian nations yesterday called for U.N. backing for any military action against Iraq while underscoring that any U.S. strike must comply with international law.
In a declaration, the 25 leaders said terrorism posed a "serious threat" to world peace and security, but added that the fight against terrorism "must be based on the principles of the U.N. Charter and basic norms of international law."

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