Obama admin to prosecute accused 9/11 mastermind

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration announced Friday that it will prosecute the accused mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in federal court, blocks away from where the World Trade Center was destroyed, the New York Times said.

Attorney General Eric Holder will ask for the death penalty when prosecuting Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in what could be one of the highest profile federal court trials of American history, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

The Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center killed nearly 2,872 people, the Philadephia Inquirer said.

Five other detainees will be prosecuted before a military commission, the New York Times said. 

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