Man in French Custody Claims He Met Moussaoui, Reid, Ressam in Afghanistan

6:05 PM, Feb 11, 2002   |    comments
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A man arrested by French authorities is claiming he met some high-profile terror suspects in Afghanistan.

French sources tell The Associated Press he's apparently talked freely to investigators about his past ties with Islamic militants. He was arrested around Paris in an alleged plot to bomb a French cathedral.

The man, a Frenchman with Algerian roots, claims to have crossed paths in Afghanistan with Zacarias Moussaoui, Richard Reid and Ahmed Ressam.

Moussaoui is charged with direct involvement in the September eleventh attacks, Reid allegedly tried to set off explosives in his shoes on an international flight, and Ressam was convicted in a millennium bombing plot in the United States.

French sources say Reid had told American investigators he never went to Afghanistan, just to Pakistan.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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