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Bin Laden associate secretly held in N.Y., newspaper says

NEW YORK (AP) — A suspect in a global conspiracy to kill Americans, believed to be linked to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, has been held secretly in New York for more than four months, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Mohamed Suleiman al Nalfi was arrested last fall in Kenya after being lured from his home in the Sudan, his lawyer said.

Although al Nalfi is not charged with any role in the embassy attacks, he has been indicted as an associate in Saudi billionaire Osama bin Laden's alleged terrorist network.

He is charged with forming a Sudanese jihad group at the request of bin Laden's military commander. The indictment alleges al Nalfi was told in 1992 or 1993 to have his group ready to travel to Somalia to play a role in the expulsion of U.S. and United Nations forces there.