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A senior member of al-Qaeda has told U.S. security authorities that the terrorist network planned to carry out attacks against 2002 World Cup soccer matches in Japan, informed sources in Tokyo said Saturday.

The United States has provided Japanese authorities with information provided by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the No. 3 official in the terrorist organization, who is believed to have played a major role in the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, the sources said.

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