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Report: Head of Qaeda in Iraq said to be in Egyptian prison

Published: Thursday July 6, 2006

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Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri al-Yawm is reporting that Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, reported successor to of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as head of al Qaeda in Iraq, has been spotted in an Egyptian prison.

According to Mamduh Ismail, an attorney for Islamist groups, al-Muhajir has been in Tura prison in Egypt for the past seven years. "I met him two days ago while I was visiting some of my clients," the lawyer claims.

Al-Muhajir was born and raised in Egypt.

The Zarqawi successor, also known as Abu Ayub al-Masri, has been named one of the most wanted fugitives by the new Iraqi government, and the United States has put a five million dollar reward on his head.

The US army media center reportedly responded to request for comment by al Jazeera by stating they "have to clarify that from the Egyptian government."