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Last Updated: Monday, 22 May 2006, 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
'Zarqawi aide' captured in Jordan
Wanted poster
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has a $25m bounty on his head
Jordanian officials say they have arrested a senior al-Qaeda figure heavily involved in Iraq's insurgency.

Security officials in Jordan's capital, Amman, refused to identify the man, said to be a key aide to Iraq's most wanted militant, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Jordanian TV said the man was wanted for robbery, kidnap and murders.

There was no immediate clue to his name or how he was captured, but security officials said details would be aired on a TV special on Thursday evening.

Jordanian born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been widely recognised as a leader of Iraq's deadly insurgency.

As well as plotting a string of bomb attacks and kidnappings, including the execution of Iraqis and foreigners, Zarqawi is wanted in his native country for several attacks on Jordanian targets.

He claimed responsibility for attacks against three hotels in Amman in November 2005, in which some 60 people died.

He recently released his first video broadcast, but some reports suggest his role in the insurgency has diminished in recent months.


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