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Egyptian named by US as al-Qaida leader arrested in Cairo, denies link, says was misidentified
CAIRO (AP) ' An Egyptian named by the United States as one of al-Qaida's top figures has been arrested in Cairo, but he has denied the link and says it was a case of mistaken identity.
Security and airport officials say Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi was arrested on his arrival Wednesday from Pakistan and was taken for questioning.
Speaking to reporters at the airport, Makkawi said he was not the senior al-Qaida leader known as Saif al-Adel and that he had nothing to do with the terror group since 1989.
The U.S. has listed the name Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi as the real name of Saif al-Adel, a pseudonym that means "sword of justice." But former militants who know both men have previously said they are two different people and the U.S. identification is incorrect.