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Man is held after stowing away on press plane following Bush

ENTEBBE, UGANDA — ENTEBBE, Uganda - Secret Service agents detained an unidentified man who had stowed away on the airplane carrying members of the news media on President Bush's trip yesterday from South Africa to Uganda.

The unarmed man was detained in a press working area near where Bush was touring an AIDS clinic and giving an outdoor speech in Entebbe.

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"He was never a threat to the president," said Secret Service Agent Mark Sullivan. "He was never near the president."

Agents said the man, whose identity and nationality weren't known, mixed in yesterday morning with news media representatives at their hotel in Pretoria, South Africa, boarded the press plane undetected, flew to Entebbe and rode press buses to the media filing center on the shore of Lake Victoria.

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Bush flew separately on Air Force One and was never near the man.

Anxieties were raised in part because the presidential party was near East African areas where al-Qaida has operated.

The Secret Service swept the press plane and determined that it was clean of explosives.


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