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India nabs fourth man in U.S. bomb plot

Suspects Abdel Raouf Hawash, right, and Shamin Sarvar at a New Delhi district court
Suspects Abdel Raouf Hawash, right, and Shamin Sarvar at a New Delhi district court  


NEW DELHI, India -- Indian police have arrested a fourth man on suspicion of involvement with a group linked to Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden.

The men are suspected of plotting to bomb U.S. embassies in India and Bangladesh.

Three were arrested last week following a tip-off two months ago about a possible attack on the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, police said.

Bin Laden has been indicted in New York for allegedly masterminding the bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998, killing more than 200 people.

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The fourth man was arrested on Thursday in the eastern city of Patna and was being brought to Delhi for questioning, a senior Delhi police official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

The official alleged the fourth suspect was to have been the driver of "an explosive-laden car to the American embassy in Delhi."

The three men arrested last week included a Sudanese citizen and an Indian associate. Police did not disclose the nationality of the other two suspects.

Two of the suspects arrested last week were allegedly found with explosives, detonators and timers, Indian media said. Police said the group was plotting to place a bomb in a car and leave it near the crowded visa section of the U.S. embassy outside the tightly guarded mission compound in Chanakyapuri, the diplomatic enclave in the Indian capital.

A New Delhi court has remanded three of the suspects in police custody for 11 days and security has been tightened around the U.S. embassy.

Police said the group was also suspected of plotting an attack on the U.S. mission in Dhaka.

Some Indian newspapers reported the country's internal intelligence service had contested the police belief that the arrested men were linked to bin Laden.

But the Delhi police official said police were sure of their case: "There is no ambiguity on our side. We are very clear."

A U.S. embassy spokesman said the mission had no details about the case.

Bin Laden has taken refuge in Afghanistan where the ruling Taliban movement has refused to hand him over to Western governments.

Reuters contributed to this report.





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