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Pakistan detains, releases man with U.S. citizenship

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  • Pakistani with dual U.S. citizenship is questioned, released in Pakistan
  • Jawad Ali identified as a resident of Peshawar
  • Initial reports identified Ali as student from Florida named Jude Kenan
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(CNN) -- A Pakistani man with dual U.S. citizenship was questioned and released after being detained in a dangerous area of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, Pakistani police said Tuesday.

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Jawad Ali, a resident of Peshawar, was carrying a U.S. passport when he was detained Monday in a "red zone" area in the village of Shabqadar, said Charsadda District police officer Waqif Khan. Police questioned Ali, told him the area is dangerous and asked him to go back home, Khan said.

Ali's father is a cab driver in the United States, Khan said.

Initial reports on the incident Monday identified Ali as a U.S. student from Florida named Jude Kenan. Khan said he was not aware of an American named Jude Kenan.

U.S. Embassy officials in Islamabad said Monday they had no knowledge of an American being detained.

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