British police arrest suspect accused of organizing jihad training camp at U.S. request
LONDON – A suspected Islamic militant deported to Britain was arrested Sunday on a U.S. warrant accusing him of organizing a training camp in Oregon to prepare people to fight in Afghanistan, police said.The U.S. warrant accuses Haroon Rashid Aswat of conspiring with others between October 1999 and April 2000 to set up a camp in Bly, Ore., aimed at training and equipping individuals to “fight jihad in Afghanistan,” police said in a statement.Aswat, 30, a British citizen of Indian descent, had been detained in Zambia since July 20, where he was questioned about 20 phone calls reportedly made on his South African cell phone with some of the bombers responsible for the July 7 transit attacks that killed 56 people in London. He was deported Sunday to Britain, said Zambian Home Affairs Secretary Peter Mumba.Aswat is one of two associates of the Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri who are referred to but not named or charged in a 2002 indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Seattle against a Muslim convert from the area, officials have said. The other is Oussama Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, who was convicted of weapons violations in Sweden in 2003.Aswat and Kassir “inspected the proposed jihad training camp at the Bly property … and they and others participated in firearms training and viewed a video recording on the subject of improvised poisons” in November and December 1999, it said.Vail, Colorado
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