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Delhi police say arrest points to anti-U.S. bomb plot

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NEW DELHI, India -- Police in New Delhi, India, say they have arrested a Sudanese national claiming links with Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden and a plot to attack the U.S. Embassy.

"We have arrested a Sudanese national, Abdel Raouf Hawas, who says he is with Osama bin Laden," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashok Chand, on Saturday.

Hawas was picked up along with an Indian associate near a public garden in New Delhi a day earlier.

The two men, who were now in police custody, were carrying high-intensity explosives at the time of arrest. A tip-off about a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy two months ago led to the arrest, Chand said.

U.S. Embassy targeted

Hawas told the police he had visited the heavily-guarded U.S Embassy several times to prepare for an attack.

"He says he was planning to attack the visa section of the United States embassy . . . and that he disguised himself as a student many times to survey the area," Chand said.

The Hindu newspaper quoted unnamed police officers as saying that the Sudanese national had planned a car-bomb explosion at the U.S. Embassy in the Indian capital.

Security has since been tightened around the American embassy, he added.

Bin Laden has been indicted in New York for allegedly masterminding the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which killed more than 200 people.

A convicted bomber, Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali, was sentenced to life in prison earlier in the week in New York.

Bin Laden has taken refuge in Afghanistan, where the dominant Taliban has refused to hand him over to Western nations.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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