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Report: U.S. Looks for Sudan Pilot

September 20, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The FBI and CIA are searching for a Sudanese air force pilot who reportedly has entered Canada and plans to hijack an airliner and fly it into the White House, it was reported Friday.

Citing unnamed intelligence sources, The Washington Times said the pilot was trained in Afghanistan and is linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaida terrorist network.

Authorities know the name of the pilot, who is said to have entered Canada last week, but declined to disclose it, the Times reported. It said that Canadian authorities had no record of the man entering the country.

Spokesmen for the CIA and FBI declined to comment.

Officials believe the White House and the Capitol were potential targets on Sept. 11 when terrorists flew jetliners into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Bin Laden was based in Sudan until 1996, when he was expelled from the country and moved his terrorist training operation to Afghanistan, where he was welcomed by the Taliban.

Al-Qaida reportedly is decentralizing its leadership, and as many as 60 cells are said to have the authority to conduct terror attacks.

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