ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Senior Al Qaeda (search) militant Abu Faraj al-Libbi (search) will be handed over to the United States for prosecution, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf (search) said Tuesday, ending speculation the military ruler would seek to try the Libyan-born terror suspect here for two assassination attempts.
"We are obviously going to deport him," Musharraf said during an interview, referring to al-Libbi. "We don't want him in Pakistan."
He said al-Libbi, believed to be a close confidant of Usama bin Laden (search) and described by U.S. officials as the terror network's No. 3 operative, did not provide any leads on bin Laden's whereabouts during his interrogation.
"No, he did not provide useful information about Usama bin Laden," Musharraf said. "He says he is not in contact with Usama bin Laden."
It was not clear when al-Libbi would be turned over or where he is being held now.
Al-Libbi was arrested May 2 along with another foreigner after a firefight on the outskirts of Mardan, a town 30 miles north of Peshawar, capital of the deeply conservative North West Frontier Province (search), officials said.
Al-Libbi, who's thought to use at least five aliases, is believed responsible for planning attacks in the United States, a U.S. counterterrorism official said after his arrest.