British suspect in trans-Atlantic jet plot escapes in Pakistan

A British suspect in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners escaped from police custody in Pakistan, officials said. Rashid Rauf fled Saturday after appearing before a judge at a court in the capital, Islamabad, said Khalid Pervez, a city police official. Police teams were driving around the area in search of Rauf, who Pervez said had managed to open his handcuffs and evade two police guards who were taking him back to jail in the nearby city of Rawalpindi. "We do not know how he escaped. But we do know he has escaped and the two policemen have been taken into custody for negligence," Pervez told The Associated Press.