Friday, January 27, 2006

Colombia Busts Ring Linked to al-Qaida

Associated Press Writer
BOGOTA, Colombia
Colombia has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, the acting attorney general said Thursday after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities.
The gang allegedly supplied an unknown number of citizens from Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and other countries with false passports and Colombian nationality without them ever stepping foot in the country, the attorney general's office said in a written statement.
The counterfeited passports were then used to facilitate their entry into the United States and Europe.

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