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Possibility of terror attack from Libya has put FBI on alert

world Updated: Apr 10, 2011 00:36 IST

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is interviewing Libyans living in the US as part of its effort to ensure that there is no terrorist attack on America from Libya, its Director Robert Muller said.

"We want to make certain that we are on guard for the possibility of terrorist attacks emanating somewhere out of
Libya," Mueller said in his testimony before the House Appropriations Committee.

"Whether it be Gaddafi's forces or, in eastern Libya, the opposition forces who may have amongst them persons who in
the past have had associations with terrorist groups," he said in response to a question.

The FBI Director said there are individuals who were previously affiliated with the Libyan government who happen to
be in the US may have been here representing Libya at various international institutions and the like, and to the extent
that they have renounced or denounced Gaddafi, are willing to be interviewed and to give the US information as to what may
be happening in Libya.

"With regard to students or visitors from Libya here in the US who may have information on what is happening in
Libya, we have an outreach effort to them as well to obtain what information they might have that may alert us to any
attempts at retaliation within the US or elsewhere by pro-Gaddafi individuals," he said.

"The other aspect of it is that in countries such as Libya, where they have foreign establishments, there may well
be intelligence officers who are part of those foreign establishments or there may be intelligence officers that are
operating and with the different types of cover in the US.

"We want to make certain that we have identified these individuals to assure that no harm comes from them, knowing
that they may well have been associated with the Gaddafi regime," he said.

Mueller said the US has concerns with Yemen. "What's happening in Yemen has resulted in a reduction in cooperation when it comes to the counterterrorism side. In Egypt, we have to develop new relationships with the new entities that have been established," he said.

"We want to make certain that what is happening in Libya, to the extent that we have information in the US that may bear on what is happening in Libya, the opposition forces, who they are, what they're doing, we have a number of Libyans here in the US, whether it be students or visitors, and we're seeking that information.

"We also want to make certain that we are on guard with the possibility of terrorist attacks emanating somewhere
out of Libya, whether it be Gaddafi's forces or in eastern Libya the opposition forces who may have amongst them persons
who in the past have had associations with terrorist groups," Mueller said.