Egyptian security officials retracted earlier reports about the detention of Seif al-Adel, a leading figure in al-Qaida terrorist network. The early reports on Wednesday claimed he was detained in Cairo international airport after getting off a plane from Pakistan. Al-Adel had briefly taken over management of the network after the death of Osama bin Laden .
However, later Egypt said the man detained Muhamed Ibrahim Makkawi has the sam ename of the number 3 of al-Qaida .
The sources said that al Makawi has been wanted by Egypt since 1994 in Case No. (502) Supreme State Security, without clarifying what are the accusations made against him. He is considered as a trainer of Jihadists.
"I am not the wanted Saif al-Adel," Muhamed Ibrahim Makkawi told reporters. "What has been said about me is lies. I never took part in actions against people or installations."
"I decided to come to Egypt to live in peace and because I am certain of my innocence," he said. Makkawi is believed to be in his 50s.
Egyptian security said the man, Muhamed Ibrahim Makkawi, had left for Afghanistan to join the war against Soviet troops in the 1980s, and later settled down in neighbouring Pakistan.
Makkawi had told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat in an interview last year that he had been mistakenly identified as the senior militant, AFP reported.
Saif al-Adel is in his late 40s. He joined the fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in 1988. There he met Osama bin Laden and joined al-Qaida . He supervised the training of fighters on the use of explosives.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists Saif al-Adel as born in 1960 or 1963. As well as the Makkawi alias, he is known by the name Ibrahim al-Madani, the FBI website says.
Saif al-Adel allegedly helped mastermind the May 12, 2003 suicide bombings in Riyadh that killed 25 people, including seven U.S. nationals.
In addition, Adel is wanted in connection with attacks on U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. A $25 million reward had been offered for information leading to his capture, according to FBI website.