ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan gave British authorities images of London’s Heathrow Airport and other sites that were found on the computers of two arrested al-Qaida fugitives, intelligence officials said Thursday.
It was not clear, however, if the information helped lead to the arrests of about a dozen suspected terrorists on Tuesday in Britain.
Maps, photographs and other details of possible targets in the United States and Britain were found on computers belonging to Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani “” a Tanzanian indicted for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa “” and a Pakistani computer expert identified as Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, said two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A Lahore-based intelligence official involved in the investigation following the July 13 arrest of Khan said his computer contained photographs of Heathrow airport, as well as pictures of underpasses that run beneath several buildings in London….
Several reports published in Britain said that one of the suspects, variously identified as Abu Eisa al-Hindi or Abu Musa al-Hindi, was believed to be a senior member of al-Qaida, and had been plotting an attack on Heathrow. The reports said al-Hindi, using the codename Bilal, had been in contact with Khan.
Britain’s Metropolitan Police refused to say whether al-Hindi was among those arrested, and Pakistani officials contacted by The Associated Press had no information about the link.