London's Canary Wharf was targeted by Al-Qaeda after 9/11, US trial hears
Published on Apr 29, 2014 9:02 AM
NEW YORK (AFP) - Al-Qaeda considered an attack on London's Canary Wharf just weeks after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, said Monday a British terror convict hugged by Osama bin Laden and dispatched to blow up a US jetliner.
Al-Qaeda recruit Saajid Badat, 35, made the revelation while testifying against British hate preacher Abu Hamza, on trial in New York on multiple terror charges. Badat expanded on his earlier testimony last month at the trial of Osama's son-in-law, when he said Al-Qaeda had an almanac of the world's tallest buildings.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-declared 9/11 mastermind, crossed out the two World Trade Centers as he leafed through the book looking for fresh targets in late 2001, Badat repeated.
But on Monday, Badat told the US federal court that Mohammed also asked about a target in Britain. "I believe Canary Wharf was mentioned," Badat said, referring to the business district with a high concentration of tall buildings in east London.
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