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Pakistan launches manhunt for suspect in Sept 11 attacks

Bowing to intense US pressure, Pakistan authorities on Friday launched a massive manhunt for a key suspect in the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, after he apparently has entered Pakistan from Afghanistan.

An agency report quoting Pakistan government officials said Bahaji (26) was believed to have returned to Pakistan to take a flight on Tuesday from Karachi to Istanbul, Turkey.

Bahaji did not show up for the flight, but is believed to be still hiding in Karachi.

Bahaji, a German citizen of Moroccan origin, is sought under an international arrest warrant in connection with the September terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon.

German authorities have said Bahaji had close contacts with some of the hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Centre in the biggest terrorist attacks in American history.

German investigators also reportedly said Bahaji rented an apartment in Hamburg in 1998 and shared it with Mohammed Atta, one of the hijackers who flew a plane into WTC.

Pakistani authorities believe Bahaji and three companions travelled to Karachi from Hamburg, Germany, one week before the US attacks.

The four -- all of whom carried Western European passports but were of Arab origin -- spent the night at a Karachi hotel and made calls to Hamburg.

They travelled from Karachi to the southwestern city of Quetta and were believed to have crossed the border into Afghanistan.

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