Malakand camp

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The Malakand camp is a military training camp in Pakistan that is said[by whom?] to have been run to al Qaeda.[1][2] Mohammed Junaid Babar testified at Mohammad Momin Khawaja trial in Ottawa about Khawaja's account of his attendance at the Malakand camp. According to Babar Khawaja was excited about learning to fire AK-47s, RPGs and light machine guns. Five United Kingdom citizens who attended the camp were convicted of terrorism charges.[citation needed]

Individuals alleged to have attended the Malakand camp[edit]

The Times of London reported that several United Kingdom citizens alleged to have played key roles in jihadi attacks in the UK were trained at the Malakand camp.[2] According to The Times, UK citizen Hassan Butt, identified as trainees at the camp ... two of the most dangerous British-born jihadi terrorists — Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the 7/7 suicide bombers, and Omar Khyam, leader of the so-called Crevice gang..."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Freeze (2008-06-25). "Suspect was devoted to al-Qaeda camp, court told". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-06-25. Certain graduates from the Malakand camp went on to plot remote-controlled fertilizer-based bombs around London. They were rounded up in Britain in March, 2004, as Mr. Khawaja was simultaneously arrested in Ottawa on allegations he helped build a remote-controlled detonation device for the group. Five of the British conspirators are now serving life sentences. 
  2. ^ a b "The jihadi house parties of hate: Britain’s terror network offered an easy target the security services missed, says Shiv Malik". The Times. 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2010-08-02. Within weeks two of the most dangerous British-born jihadi terrorists — Mohammad Sidique Khan, leader of the 7/7 suicide bombers, and Omar Khyam, leader of the so-called Crevice gang — were learning to make bombs at Malakand. Details of the party were disclosed this weekend by one of the guests, Hassan Butt, a former associate of the Islamist radicals who has turned against violence.  mirror