FBI seeks to question Saudi about Khobar Towers bombing
March 22, 1997
Web posted at: 6:44 p.m. EST (2344 GMT)
(CNN) -- The FBI wants to question a Saudi citizen, who is in
custody in Canada, about the deadly bombing last June of a
U.S. military base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Hani Abdel Rahim Hussein Al-Sayegh, 28, was arrested Tuesday
in Ottawa on suspicion of engaging in terrorism and being a
threat to Canadian security, the Toronto Sun reported
Saturday, quoting government officials.
Sayegh is the second Saudi arrested in Canada for alleged
links to the blast. Last December, Fahad Shehri, 21, was
arrested in Ottawa after reportedly telling authorities he
belonged to a group connected to the bombing.
Details of the case against Sayegh will be kept confidential
until a federal judge has reviewed them. The blast killed 19
servicemen and injured 500 Americans and Saudis at the Khobar
Towers military complex.
The FBI praised Canada for arresting Sayegh, and it credited
Saudi Arabia with providing information that helped
authorities find him.
Earlier this year, FBI Director Louis Freeh and U.S. Attorney
General Janet Reno complained about the lack of Saudi
cooperation in its investigation of the bombing.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to determine whether
Shehri should be allowed to enter Canada. He has asked for
asylum, saying he fears for his life if he is sent back to
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