Al-Qaeda top commander arrested in Egypt

High-ranking Al-Qaeda commander and explosives expert Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian by nationality, has been arrested at Cairo airport, according to Egypt security officials.

Saif Al-Adel was detained on Wednesday after flying to Egypt from Pakistan via Dubai. The man intended to hand himself in, officials told the local media, and was travelling under his real name of Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi.

Al-Adel has been taken to the Higher State Security Prosecution for interrogation.

Born in 1960 or 1963, Saif Al-Adel is ranked high on the most wanted FBI list. He is also known as Ibrahim Al-Madani.

Saif Al-Adel is charged with conspiracy to kill US citizens, and destroy buildings, property and national defense utilities of the US. He is also wanted in the US in connection with the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

As well as being a top Al-Qaeda commander, Al-Adel is allegedly affiliated with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, an affiliate of Al Qaeda under worldwide embargo by the UN.

The reward for information leading to his capture is set at $5 million.

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