A British Muslim accused of helping the July 7 bombers plot their attacks on London told a court yesterday how he and ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan spent time at a Taliban camp in Afghanistan as part of a jihad training trip. Taking the stand for the first time, Waheed Ali, 25, denied participating in the attacks but admitted travelling with Khan on a “gallivant” in the summer of 2001, shortly before the September 11 attacks, and after attending a camp on the Kashmir border where they learned to shoot Kalashnikovs. They hoped to go to the frontline near Bagram airbase where the Taliban were fighting the Northern Alliance, but were deemed too inexperienced to fight and stayed at a camp about a mile behind the frontline, where they became so ill with diarrhoea that they were put on drips for three or four days. Rachel Williams reports.
Cradling his baby daughter in his arms, the ringleader of the July 7 suicide bombers says goodbye to her in an extraordinary family video. At one stage, an emotional Mohammed Sidique Khan appears to be preparing six- month- old Maryam for a future as a terrorist, urging her: “Learn to fight, fighting is good.” He added: “Be mummy’s best friend. Take care of mummy – you can both do things together like fighting and stuff.”
The widow of the leader of the 2005 London subway bombings said she was ashamed of her husband, and could understand if some people never forgave him. Hasina Patel, the wife of Mohammed Sidique Khan, told Sky News television in an interview released Friday that she still did not know why her husband blew himself up aboard a London subway train, killing six people and himself. “How you can be so calculated and cold and not have any emotions, how can people do that?” Patel said. “If somebody did that to me or my daughter, I would never forgive them.” Patel said Khan never dropped any hint about his deadly mission. She said he was a devout Muslim, but never gave any indication of radical leanings or criticized Britain. “I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams, never,” she said. “I didn’t have an inkling towards his views even going in that direction. He kept it very well hidden.”