12 Canadians undergoing militant training at Pak camp

A group of 12 Canadians are reported undergoing militant training at an al-Qaeda camp in Pakistan.

Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 20:45 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: A group of 12 Canadians are
reported undergoing militant training at an al-Qaeda camp in
Pakistan`s lawless North Waziristan in apparent plots to carry
out terror attacks back home.

The Canadians, who may have converted to Islam, were
helped to reach the Darpakhel areas of the lawless tribal belt
after joining radical Egyptian group Jihad al-Islami, Hong
Kong based Asia Times reported.

Their presence in the camps in Pakistan`s tribal belt
comes close on the heels of intelligence warnings that
al-Qaeda is training armed cadres from several European
countries, including Germany, in such camps.

Arab intelligence agencies have already warned that
foreign recruits are being trained to carry out terror attacks
in European mainland triggering a continent-wide alert.

"The Canadians went to Afghanistan in February 2010;
there were 12 of them. After nine months, al-Qaeda`s leaders
decided to send them to North Waziristan and they reached
Darpakhel in November last year," Arif Wazir, a local militant
of Darpakhel, was quoted as saying in the report.

The report, quoting well placed Taliban sources, says
militant training to Canadians is a part of al-Qaeda plans to
recruit, train and launch Western Caucasians in their
countries... the aim is to spread the flames of the South
Asian war theatre to the West."

"In Afghanistan they received basic jihadi training,
while currently they are busy doing some special courses.

Their main learning is how to use sophisticated weapons, and
how to connect with local smuggling networks in North America.

"They are also learning how to use ordinary material like
sugar and basic chemicals to make powerful explosives. These
militants will then return to their country to execute
al-Qaeda`s plan of targeting big cities in Canada," Arif Wazir
said.

A 30-year-old man Abu Shahid, sporting golden beard, is
leading the Canadian group, the report said, adding that those
who could not be independently verified and include: Jeam
Paull (local name Sadiq Ullah), Leman Langlois (Sana Ullah),
James Richard (Abdur Rehman), Otto Paul (Abu Usman), Thomas
(Abdullah) and Paul Gall (Hafiz Ullah).

The news article also mentions that various militants of
other nationalities are also being trained in North Waziristan
and apart from Arab and Central Asian militants, one can find
jihadis from the United States, Britain and Germany.

PTI