29/07/2005

British terror suspect held in Zambia

A British terror suspect is being held in Zambia after being arrested last week, it has been reported.

Thirty-year-old Haroon Rashid Aswat, who is from West Yorkshire, is being sought by US authorities over allegations that he tried to set up al-Qaeda training camps in the US in 1999.

His name has also been linked to the July 7 bombings in London and there has been speculation that he is the mastermind behind the attacks.

There have been claims that Mr Aswat, who is of Indian descent, had been in phone contact with at least one of the suicide bombers who carried out the four attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.

It has also been reported that Mr Aswat was in London prior to the attacks and left the country just hours before they took place.

Scotland Yard has dismissed the claims as speculation.

The Foreign Office confirmed that it was seeking to gain access to a British national in Zambia, but a spokesperson did not confirm that the person was definitely Mr Aswat.

(KMcA/MB)


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