The Two-Way
6:31 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Man U.S. Calls A Top Al-Qaida Figure Is Arrested At Cairo Airport

A man the United States lists as one of its most wanted terrorists has been arrested in Cairo.

The AP reports that "security and airport officials" said Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi was arrested when he arrived in the country on Wednesday from Pakistan.

Makkawi, who the FBI says is also known as Saif Al-Aldel, is wanted in connection to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Makkawi, the FBI says, is also suspected of being a high-ranking member of al-Qaida.

The AP adds a bit of caution to the story, saying that Makkawi told reporters at the airport that he was not Saif al-Adel and that he had not been affiliated with al-Qaida since 1989.

The BBC has a bit more background on al-Adel, who the BBC says served as Osama Bin Laden's security chief:

F"ollowing the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Saif al-Adel is believed to have fled to Iran with Saad Bin Laden, a son of the late al-Qaeda leader.

"They were allegedly then held under house arrest by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran never acknowledged their presence. ...

"Recent reports said Saif al-Adel might have been released and made his way to northern Pakistan, along with Saad Bin Laden."

The FBI was offering $5 million for information that led to Al-Adel's arrest.

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