Al-Qaeda 'planned 2010 FIFA World Cup attack'
A senior member of al-Qaeda in Iraq who was arrested 2 weeks ago had been planning an attack against the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa next month, an Iraqi security spokesman said on Monday.

Abdullah Azzam Saleh Misfar al-Qahtani, a 30-year-old Saudi, "participated in the planning of a terrorist act in South Africa during the World Cup", said Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta.

He added that Abdullah Azzam Saleh Misfar al-Qahtani, who was in charge of "security" for the terror network in Baghdad, was in contact "with the terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri to organize the plan hatched by al-Qaeda".

Ayman al-Zawahiri is al-Qaeda's number 2 and deputy to Osama bin Laden.

Atta declined to give further details on the plan or comment on how the information was obtained.

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