Al-Qaeda now recruiting ‘ready made’ Taliban terrorists from Pak to strike UK, other countriesMay 30th, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 30 (ANI): The extent to which Al-Qaeda has dangerously penetrated into Britain can be gauged from the fact that it no longer relies on sending British-born men to Pakistan for terror training, instead it is now recruiting ‘ready made’ terrorists from among the Taliban based in Pakistan.
British investigators, who have been quizzing the 10 men arrested in the North West, believe that Al Qaeda has developed links with the Taliban which provide it trained militants who can carry out terror strikes at significant locations, The Telegraph reports.
According to the newpaper, a terrorist informant has told prosecutors that he was trained by the top Taliban commander in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud .
He also revealed that he was planning a series of suicide attacks in Britain, and other European countries with 11 other men.
It’s worth mentioning here that British security services had earlier disclosed that a terrorist cell was sent to Manchester from the Taliban heartland in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas.
The investigators believe that the cell, which was allegedly planning attacks on the Trafford and Arndale shopping centres near the Easter holidays, had links with Al-Qaeda,and other extremists groups too.
The terrorist group is believed to have formed a ‘holy alliance’ with the Taliban to launch terrorist attacks on foreign soil, British investigators said. (ANI)
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