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CAPTURED terror chief Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was plotting attacks on US and Arab targets.

The Americans yesterday said the al-Qaeda leader was aiming to hit commercial interests.

Intelligence about the activities of Osama bin Laden's No 2 led to the second- highest level of terror alert in the US last month.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said: "Some of the concerns we had that caused us to raise the threat level were attributable to the planning he was involved in."

He added: "There were multiple reasons that we raised the threat level and his relation to one of the plot lines was one of the several."

Authorities recovered a huge amount of information about al-Qaeda at the house in Pakistan where Mohammed and two others were arrested early Saturday, a senior US law enforcement official said yesterday.

This included computers, discs, mobile phones and documents that authorities believed would provide names, locations and potential terrorist plots of al-Qaeda cells in the United States and around the world.

Mohammed was also believed by American officials to have details about the terror group's finances.

FBI and CIA investigators were believed to be "working around the clock" to study the seized information to prevent any imminent attacks and to determine when and if more terror arrests could be made.
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Date:Mar 4, 2003
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