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Overseas Terror Probe Developments

October 2, 2001

Developments Tuesday related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:


_ In France, French-Algerian suspect Djamel Beghal confessed and gave intricate details of a plot to attack the U.S. Embassy and other sites. Beghal said he was recruited for the attack in Osama bin Laden’s Afghanistan home.

_ In Belgium, the United States gave its NATO allies ``compelling″ evidence that bin Laden and his al-Qaida network were behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Also, the European Union’s head office urged all 15 EU governments to freeze assets belonging to the 27 individuals and groups named by President Bush as terrorist suspects.

_ In Italy, the U.S. Embassy warned that ``symbols of American capitalism″ in Italy may be targeted for attack in the next month. It provided no details.

_ In Germany, authorities have frozen 214 bank accounts containing more than $3.8 million in their effort to close down the financial network of alleged terrorist mastermind bin Laden.

_ In India, police said that two Indian Muslims who were detained by the FBI after the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States had sent $64,200 to their family members last year. The men, Ayub Ali Khan and Mohammed Jaweed Azmat, were arrested in Texas, after authorities found them with box-cutting knives, hair dye and $5,000 in cash.

_ In Switzerland, authorities say Mohamed Atta, believed by the United States to have been a leader of the hijacking teams in the terror attacks, spent several hours in Zurich on his way from Miami to Madrid last July.

_ In Russia, a senior aide to President Vladimir Putin said at least four of the hijackers had trained in the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

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