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Fighting terror

Grenade suspect had forged ID

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 19, 2003

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities said Tuesday a man arrested for carrying a live hand grenade at London's Gatwick airport showed a British court this week a forged Venezuelan identification card.

The man who identified himself as Hasil Mohammed Rahaham-Alan, 37, held up the card during a court appearance in London on Monday and said he lived in Caracas, Venezuela.

But Venezuela's immigration director Alfredo Gil said the card's number is registered to a woman living in Venezuela.

Gil said authorities are investigating to determine if the man's passport is also false.

Rahaham-Alan was arrested last week during an alert that stepped up security at many airports.

Also . . .

READY CAMPAIGN: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will announce today a government campaign to advise families on how to help protect themselves against terrorism.

The "Ready Campaign" will include public service announcements that will encourage families to have a communications plan so members can reach each other in an emergency; to make a supply kit with flashlights, batteries, water and other necessities; and to learn more about terrorism.

BALI DEATH TOLL RISES: The death toll from the terrorist bombings on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has likely reached 202, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Yatim Suyatmo said a final report estimated 194 people were killed on Bali, while eight others died of their injuries in hospitals overseas. Officials originally put the death toll at 192.

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