CLOSE CALL: Terror Docs Made Local Inquiries

BY JOHN SHIFFMAN AND GEORGE ANASTASIA INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Two of the seven doctors arrested in Britain after last week’s failed bomb attacks had explored the possibility of coming to the United States, making inquiries to a Philadelphia-based organization, sources said.skull.gif

After the Glasgow airport bombing attempt, FBI agents visited the Philadelphia headquarters of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. The nonprofit organization is a national clearinghouse that certifies the qualifications of foreign-trained doctors to work as medical residents in the United States.

Agents found records there on two of the British suspects. One of them, sources said, is neurologist Mohammed Jamil Asha, 26, a Jordanian who was born in Saudi Arabia and is of Palestinian descent. Stephen S. Seeling, vice president of operations for the educational commission, confirmed that FBI agents visited him at his Market Street office this week.

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