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US military prosecutors have filed new charges against self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators held at Guantanamo Bay, reports say.

The charges are expected to be formally unveiled later on Tuesday.

All five defendants had previously been charged at Guantanamo over the attacks.

But the charges were set aside as the Obama administration tried to move the trial into US civilian courts, a move which was reversed in April.

Each of the five suspects will be handed at least eight charges, which include murder in violation of the law of war, attacking civilians, hijacking aircraft and terrorism, according to a letter notifying families of 9/11 victims quoted by news agency AFP.

The defendants will be arraigned within 30 days, after a judge has been assigned to the case and officers are selected to form the tribunal, AFP reported.

In April, President Barack Obama abandoned efforts to have the five tried by federal courts on US soil, citing political opposition.

The Pentagon has previously said Mr Mohammed admitted to being responsible “from A to Z” for the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington which claimed more than 3,000 lives.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in March 2003 and sent to the US detention centre in Cuba in 2006.

This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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