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Clinton aide: No terrorist link found to bomb plot

police August 4, 1997
Web posted at: 2:52 p.m. EDT (1852 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Investigators have not found a direct link between two men accused of plotting a suicide bombing on the New York City subway and terrorist activities in Israel, an adviser to President Clinton said Sunday.

The FBI, New York police and international intelligence agencies are working to determine any connections between the suspects and Middle Eastern militants.

But so far investigators "have not established any direct relationship" between the Brooklyn plot and any wider conspiracy, said National Security Adviser Sandy Berger on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, 23, and Lafi Khalil, 22, were captured Thursday during an early morning police raid on their Brooklyn apartment. Authorities said they were hours away from attempting a suicide bombing at a busy Brooklyn subway station.

The raid came the day after bombs killed 15 people in Jerusalem's main produce market.

 
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