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Al-Qaeda operative injects himself with impotence drugs

world Updated: Apr 29, 2011 16:08 IST

A senior most operative of al-Qaeda held at Guantanamo used impotency injections to avoid being "distracted" by women, a report has said.

Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri was captured in November 2002 after becoming one of the terrorist cells most senior members with strong links to Osama bin Laden.

"Detainee is so dedicated to jihad that he reportedly received injections to promote impotence and recommended the injections to others", Nashiri's interrogators were quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

Nashiri described as "one of al-Qaeda's most skilled and capable operational coordinators" received the injections "so more time could be spent on jihad – rather than being distracted by women", the paper said.

He was allegedly the senior operative in the attack on USS Cole, an American destroyer, in October 2000. Seventeen US sailors were killed in the suicide attack in a Yemeni port, while dozens were injured.

He was also accused of planning the suicide attack that badly damaged the MV Limburg, a French oil tanker, in 2002.

The attacks were allegedly planned under bin Laden's direct orders.

According to interrogators, Nashiri was "linked to as many as a dozen plots to attack US and Western interests" and his cell "was responsible for conducting suicide and sabotage operations outside Afghanistan".

Nashiri was captured in the UAE in November 2002, but was transferred to Guantanamo in September 2006, suggesting that he spent a significant amount of time in the CIA secret prison network.