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North Africa Home to Jihad Extremist Camps

Tuesday, 05 September 2006 12:00 AM

LONDON -- Of the 14 men arrested in London over the weekend for allegedly recruiting young terrorists in Britain, police revealed yesterday that Abu Abdullah, a key aide of the hate preacher Abu Hamza, and three others, visited extremist camps in North Africa.

The four met radical Islamic jihadists in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, all known areas of extreme fanaticism. They were followed as they passed through Spain on a trip in April. MI5 was aware of their movements, and three of them were highlighted during the early stages of a nine-month surveillance operation, concluded on Friday night when the 14 were arrested on suspicion of indoctrinating young men at the Jameah Islameah School in Sussex.

The Spanish Interior Ministry yesterday released details of their trip to North Africa. In a statement, the Ministry told reporters: "In April 2006 as part of a National Police operation into jihadist training camps, police detected and controlled the movement of four of those arrested in London on September 1.

"At the beginning of April the suspects crossed through a land border in the north of Spain and left two days later in a commercial ferry towards north Africa.

"A short time later they returned to Spain by the same route and left Spain in the direction of France by a land frontier."

Abdullah, 42, caused widespread revulsion by stating he would 'love' to kill British troops in Afghanistan." The Anti-Terrorist Unit believes that Abdullah played a leading role in 'recruiting, indoctrinating and grooming' young British Muslims to become terrorists.

Although the investigation is focusing on the Jameah Islameah School in Sussex, it is believed that there is a network of rural terror-training camps across Britain. The Yorkshire Dales, north Wales, the Lake District and the Highlands in Scotland, have all been named as possible locations of camps.

The investigation continues . . .

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