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MAN HELD AS WITNESS IN BORDER-SECURITY PROBE

A Moroccan man who crossed the border from Canada is being held as a witness for the investigation of an Algerian whose border arrest last month led to heightened security concerns, the Seattle Times reported Saturday.

Youssef Karroum is not being held as a suspect "but to determine if he knows anything about other ongoing investigations," said his lawyer, Gene Grantham.

Karroum was detained Thursday at Blaine, a border crossing about 100 miles north of Seattle, and on Friday a U.S. magistrate ordered him held as a material witness.

Justice Department sources told the Seattle Times that the case involves an investigation related to Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian arrested Dec. 14 in Port Angeles, allegedly with a car full of explosives.

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