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NATION/WORLD

Police arrest Pakistani terro

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - Pak-
istani police, working with FBI inves-
tigators, arrested five men and
accused them of links to an al-Qaida-
backed group that has targeted for-
eigners, churches and American fast
food chains, a senior police official
said yesterday.
Among those arrested was the
owner of a soft drinks and ice cream
shop in Karachi, identified only as
Masood, who allegedly stored
weapons and sheltered members of
the militant group Harkat-ul-
Mujahideen Al-Almi, the official said,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Four suspected associates of
Masood were taken into custody in
the overnight raids on their homes in
three Karachi neighborhoods.
It was the latest in a series of
arrests that Pakistani leaders claim
broke the back of Al-Almi, a domestic
terror group that arose in Pakistan in
response to President Pervez Mushar-
raf's crackdown against Islamic
extremists.
The successes against Al-Almi
coincide with a breakthrough last
week against Osama bin Laden's al-
Qaida network. Karachi police and
intelligence agents, using information
gathered by the FBI, arrested about a

dozen al-Qaida suspects, including
Ramzi Binalshibh, believed to be a
key organizer of the Sept. 11 terror
attacks.
Another Yemeni arrested with
Binalshibh was identified as one of
the killers of Daniel Pearl, the Wall
Street Journal reporter who was kid-
napped Jan. 23. Interior Minister
Moinuddin Haider said some of the
Al-Almi detainees caught this week
may have also been involved with
Pearl's killers.
Binalshibh and four others were
handed over to U.S. custody Monday
and flown out of the country. The
arrests prompted Musharraf to declare
that security forces "have broken the
terrorist network" in Pakistan.
Haider said the government has
nearly 20 people in custody involved
with Al-Almi, which was believed
responsible for a surge of deadly
operations against foreigners this
year.
Pakistan, Haider said, "is taking all
possible measures to eliminate terror-
ism from the country."
Haider said American agencies
were providing "technical assistance"
to help track down the suspects, but
stressed that the arrests were conduct-
ed by Pakistani law enforcement.

fists NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coastt
Coup attempt in Ivory Coast fails
teLoyalist troops put down an uprising by security forces who attacked
military and police bases across the Ivory Coast yesterday, trying to oust
the president while he was visiting Italy.
The Cabinet minister in charge of police was killed along with the for-
mer junta leader accused of having a role in the uprising.
President Laurent Gbagbo declared the rebellion had been halted after
hours of heavy gunfights and mortar exchanges left at least 10 rebel sol-
diers and seven loyal police dead.
Bloody bodies littered the streets of Abidjan, the commercial capital.
Gbagbo's government has been struggling to calm ethnic and political
tension and a restive military since the once-tranquil country's first-ever
coup in 1999.
Government troops killed Gen. Robert Guei, the ex-junta leader, when
his car refused to stop for a roadblock in downtown Abidjan, paramilitary
police Sgt. Ahossi Aime said.
Guei, the former army chief who took power in the 1999 uprising, was
forced out during elections the next year amid allegations he was trying to
steal the vote.
RETHWS , Germany
German denies link to Sept. 11 terrorists
A Syrian-born German businessman questioned last week by federal police
> said yesterday that he and his family knew suspected members of the Sept. 11
terror cell in Hamburg, but knew nothing about any terror plots.
In his first interview since the raid on his home and offices amid allegations
AP PHOTO he had helped bring terrorists into the country, Abdel-Mateen Tatari said that
he troubled area of the 111 Arabs he helped with visas in 2000 and 2001 were business clients, or
their relatives. He said agents were interested in the Arabs he sponsored to
come to Germany on tourist visas who included Saudis, Egyptians and Syri-
ans. "I don't issue the visas," he said. "I just hand the local police a letter of
v iv sponsorship and they take it from there."
Speaking in Arabic, Tatari said he and his youngest son told authorities
about their relationship with Mohamed Atta, believed to be the leader of the
or nearly six weeks. suicide hijackers, and others linked to the Hamburg cell, including Mounir el
or Arafat aide, said the Motassadeq, and Mohammed Haydar Zammar.
and called for interna- "I have nothing to hide and I am sure this whole thing will come to noth-
he incursion. "Arafat is ing," Tatari told The Associated Press in his office at Rethwisch.

a

Soldiers of Pakistan paramilitary force patrol ride through th
Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday.

Suicide bomber kills five in Tel

Sharon convenes Cabinet in
emergency session, tanks fire in
direction of Arafat's compound
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - A Palestinian suicide
bomber blew himself up on a crowded Tel Aviv bus
killing five other people yesterday and Israeli tanks
roared back into Yasser Arafat's West Bank com-
pound. The violence snuffed out hopes that after a
six-week lull the conflict was winding down.
The nail-studded bomb scorched the bus and sent
passengers fleeing out of shattered windows, as the
vehicle lurched forward for 50 feet on the downtown
boulevard, the driver's burned body slouched over the
wheel. Forty-nine people were wounded.
Hours later tanks moved in and fired in the direc-
tion of the Palestinian leader's battered office as
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon convened his Cabinet in
emergency session, fueling speculation about
whether he intended to confine Arafat to the building
or perhaps to expel him from the West Bank.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility,
though media reported conflicting claims from the
militant Islamic Jihad and Hamas groups. The attack
- along with a suicide bombing Wednesday that
killed an Israeli policeman - ended a relative lull
that lasted six weeks and raised hopes that two years

of violence might be winding down. The burst of
violence caine after Israel turned down a Palestinian
offer for a phased cease-fire.
Earlier yesterday, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy
was killed in Ramallah when he broke an Israeli cur-
few to buy cigarettes for his father. Witnesses said he
was shot by Israeli soldiers. The military had no
comment.
And in Abu Dis, a West Bank suburb of Jerusalem,
Israeli bulldozers destroyed the family homes of two
Palestinians who blew themselves up in Jerusalem on
Dec. 1, killing 11 bystanders.
Hours after the Tel Aviv blast, tanks were sent into
the Ramallah compound.
The Israeli military said that "in response to the ter-
rorist attack, Israeli forces surrounded the compound."
Soldiers with loudspeakers called on wanted Palestini-
ans inside to surrender, naming Tawfik Tirawi, a sen-
ior security commander, an Israeli official said.
After its session, the Israeli Cabinet issued a state-
ment blaming the violence on Arafat, "who estab-
lished the coalition of terror." It said operational
decisions were made, but did not elaborate.
Israel Radio said the Cabinet decided to isolate
Arafat in his office and demand the surrender of
wanted Palestinians inside. Sharon resisted calls,'to
expel Arafat, saying such a measure would cause
Israel political damage. Last spring, Israeli tanks

onfined Arafat to his office f
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a seni
raelis were targeting Arafat
onal intervention to stop th

ine, but the situation in the compound is very dan-
erous," Abu Rdeneh said.
Two Palestinian security officers were wounded as
e tanks moved into the compound firing shells and
achine guns, Palestinian officials said. Israel TV
ported a huge bulldozer knocked down some trail-
rs in the compound where Palestinian security offi-
ers were stationed.
Israel says Arafat's Palestinian Authority has done
othing to stop terror attacks despite issuing occa-
ional condemnations. The Palestinians say Israel's
:occupation of most Palestinian cities and decima-
on of Arafat's security forces has robbed him of any
bility to stop the militants.
After the suicide bombing, the authority issued a
:atement condemning attacks against all civilians,
;raeli and Palestinian. It denounced the bombing,
Lying it "gives Sharon's government and his occupa-
on army the pretext to continue killing."
Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ghassan Khatib said
haron had provoked the attacks because of Israel's
ionths of curfew imposed on West Bank popula-
on centers. "Civilians are paying the price for the
olicy of Sharon," he said.
N IaW a
Navy br
ship was
al- aida
target
SINGAPORE (AP) - A U.S. Navy
ship and a bar frequented by American
troops had been targeted for attack by
21 men arrested last month with
alleged links to al-Qaida, government
official said yesterday.
The terror group also planned to hit
the country's Defense Ministry and
water pipelines, the officials said.
The men were acting on orders from
an Indonesian Muslim cleric, Riduan
Isamuddin, also known as Hambali,
said Singapore's Home Affairs Min-
istry. Hambali, whose whereabouts are
unknown, is believed to be the leader
of Jemaah Islamiyah, a regional group
officials have linked to Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida terror network.
The ministry, which is responsible
for security, said an unnamed Ameri-
can vessel at the Changi Naval Base
was targeted in late 2001, as well as a
pub which they believed was popular
with American military service per-
sonnel.
The U.S. Navy has a logistics unit in
Singapore and warships going to and
from Afghanistan have been resupplied
in the city-state. Last year, Singapore
opened a new naval facility specially
designed to accommodate U.S. aircraft
carriers.
American officials said about 100
U.S. Navy ships move through Singa-
pore annually, but declined to comment
on the alleged terror threat.
"We remain confident in the safety
and security provided by the govern-
ment of Singapore," said Leslie Hull-
Ryde, a navy spokeswoman in
Singapore said.
The operatives allegedly targeted
Jurong Island, an industrial area off
Singapore's southern coast that is home
to numerous chemical factories, the
statement said.

WASHINGTON
Tumors shrink after
blood cell treatment
Some seriously ill melanoma patients
were left virtually free of disease after
researchers injected them with billions of
laboratory-grown white blood cells that
attacked and shrank their skin cancer
tumors, National Institutes of Health
researchers say.
In a study appearing today in the jour-
nal Science, a team led by Dr. Steven
Rosenberg of the National Cancer Insti-
tute reports using amplified lymphocytes
- the body's white blood cells - to
attack melanoma tumors in 13 patients.
Ten of those patients are still alive, four
are "virtually cancer free" and two others
have experienced "substantial" shrinkage
of their tumors, the researcher said.
Rosenberg, who has spent years
developing ways to enlist the body's
own immune cells to combat cancer,
said his team has learned how to grow
huge numbers of cancer-fighting cells
within a patient, enough to overwhelm
the tumors.
SILVER SPRING, Md.
Stronger warnings
needed for drug
Federal scientists urged stronger warn-
ing labels yesterday acetaminophen bot-
tles, based on evidence that thousands of
Americans may unwittingly take toxic
doses that could harm their livers.
"You cannot allow more innocent
men, women and children to suffer,"
Kate Trunk, whose 23-year-old son Mar-
cus was one of about 100 people thought
to die every year from unintentional
overdoses, told a panel of Food and Drug
Administration advisers. "Death is not an

acceptable side effect."
The FDA panel voted 21-1 to back her
call for more warnings about the risk.
Some 100 million people a year take
acetaminophen, and serious liver damage
is very rare, manufacturers insist.
Although best known by the Tylenol
brand, acetaminophen is in almost 200
different branded and generic products,
from headache relievers to cold-and-
cough remedies. While mostly sold with-
out a prescription, it's also in a few
prescription painkillers such as Percocet
and Vicodin.
NEW YORK
Article: Gays should
not be ordained
A staff member of an influential
Vatican office has published an arti-
cle arguing that gays should not be
ordained as priests in the wake of the
clerical sex abuse scandal.
If a man is gay, "then he should not be
admitted to holy orders, and his presence
in the seminary would not only give him
false hope but it may, in fact, hinder" the
therapy he needs, Monsignor Andrew
Baker of the Congregation of Bishops
wrote. Reached by phone in Rome,
Baker would not immediately say
whether his superiors reviewed or
approved the article before it was printed
in the Jesuit magazine America due out
Monday.
However, church observers say
Baker's arguments were evidence of
the Holy See's views on homosexuali-
ty at a critical time for the Roman
Catholic Church. "The Congregation
for Bishops is one of the most impor-
tant offices in the Vatican because it
deals with bishops' conferences.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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