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The Best Tent

Three men are currently on trial in London accused of assisting the 7/7 bombers. One of them, Waheed Ali, above left, was in the witness box today. Among the things he told the jury was that in 2001 he had made a trip to a training camp in Pakistan with 7/7 ringleader Mohammed Siddique Khan.

Ali said the camp was in the mountains in NWFP and was run by Harakat ul-Mujahideen. He said both men learned how to fire Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, among other activities.

Even though there were more than 100 others at the camp, according to Ali, it was the British who were given the best tent, as well as special food and their own trainer. “It was because they relied on the British for money,” he said.

Waheed Ali is charged, along with Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil, of conspiring with Khan, Shezhad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay, Hasib Hussain and others unknown to cause explosions. They all deny the charges and the trial continues.

By Andrew Carey
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