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Kenyan hotel bombing suspect sent to Guantanamo Bay

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• Man suspected in Kenya terror attacks sent to Guantanamo Bay
• Abdul Malik admits to deadly bombing at Mombasa, Kenya, hotel
• Malik could be associated with al Qaeda
From CNN Pentagon Producer Mike Mount
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. military transferred a man suspected of involvement with terrorist attacks in East Africa to the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon said Monday.

The suspect, Abdul Malik, is believed to be affiliated with al Qaeda.

Malik admitted to U.S. authorities he was involved in the 2002 attack on the Paradise Hotel in Kenya, which killed more than a dozen people, according to Pentagon officials. He also admitted involvement in the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli airliner with 271 passengers aboard near Mombasa, Kenya, the same day, the officials said.

Malik was transferred to the Guantanamo facility this past weekend after being held by the U.S. military at an overseas military base for screening. Officials declined to identify the overseas base.

Pentagon officials would not say where or when Malik was captured and declined to give his nationality. According to Defense Department officials, Malik was captured by the Kenyans in East Africa. It is not clear if he was captured fleeing Somalia in the push to rid Islamic fighters from that country earlier this year.

Malik was questioned by U.S. law enforcement officials before being transferred to Guantanamo and will undergo a military hearing to determine whether he is to be classified an "enemy combatant," according to Pentagon officials.

Pentagon officials refer to Malik as "dangerous" but do not classify him as a "high-value detainee."

The Pentagon says Abdul Malik was involved in bombing the Paradise Hotel in Kenya in 2002 which killed more than a dozen people.



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