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Nigerian bomb accused met cleric in Yemen

/ 7 January 2010

A Nigerian man accused in the attempted bombing of a US bound plane met a radical American Muslim preacher in Yemen during his time in the country, a top govt official said.

“According to our investigations, the Nigerian went to Shabwa (province) and met Anwar Al Awlaki,” Rshad al-Alimi, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence and Security, told a news conference.

Awlaki, a radical English-speaking cleric linked to a gunman who ran amok a U.S. Army base in Texas, is believed to have later died in an airstrike on al Qaeda militants last month.



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