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AP sources: Bomber at CIA base was a double agent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say a suicide bomber who killed eight people inside a CIA base in Afghanistan claimed to have information about Osama bin Laden's second-in-command.

A former senior U.S. intelligence official and a foreign government official who spoke on condition of anonymity say the Jordanian doctor was being recruited as a double agent to infiltrate al-Qaida.

NBC reports the 36-year-old doctor (Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi) was arrested more than a year ago by Jordanian intelligence and was believed to have been persuaded to support U.S. and Jordanian efforts against al-Qaida.

He was invited to a tightly secured CIA base because he was offering urgent information to track down Ayman al-Zawahri (AY'-muhn ahl-ZWAH'-ree), bin Laden's right-hand man.

Officials say the bombing killed seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer.

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