Arrested militant in Egypt 'not senior al-Qaeda leader'

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The man who was arrested Wednesday (February 29th) at Cairo Airport is a wanted Egyptian Islamist, Mohamed Ibrahim Makkawi, not senior al-Qaeda leader Saif al-Adel as was previously announced, AFP reported.

Mohamed Ibrahim Makkawi was listed as an alias for al-Adel, but Ministry of Interior spokesman Gen. Marwan Mustapha said that Makkawi and al-Adel are "two different people".

Makkawi is wanted because of his ties with Islamic jihad, and for conspiring to overthrow the regime.

"I am not the wanted Saif al-Adel," Makkawi told reporters. "What has been said about me are lies. I never took part in actions against people or installations."

"I decided to come to Egypt to live in peace and because I am certain of my innocence," he said.

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