Britain's newest export: jihad terrorists. "Terrorist with 'perfect English accent' involved in Algerian hostage crisis," by Henry Samuel in the Telegraph, January 18:
A terrorist with "perfect English" was among those involved in the Algerian hostage crisis in which at least two Britons and perhaps many more are feared dead, it has emerged.
An Algerian hostage who escaped told French newspaper Le Monde that one of the Al-Qaeda-linked militants spoke English perfectly, and was among a multi-national group who seemed well acquainted with the BP gas plant in the southeast of the North African country.
"They searched the living quarters for foreigners and told Muslims that they were in no danger," said the man, adding that the kidnappers emphasised that "Christians and Infidels' were the main targets.
The revelation raised speculation that Islamists radicals with links with the UK or other Western English-speaking countries might have been involved in the crisis.
A number of British Muslims have been convicted in foreign courts or have fought for, or trained with, terrorist or extreme Islamist groups abroad. In December, a British student was arrested on the border of Mauritania and Mali, accused of trying to join an Islamic terrorist group affiliated to the kidnappers.
Ahmed Shaheen, 26, from London, was detained on the border between Mauritania and Mali as he tried to cross the Sahara on foot to reach the desert stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
On Friday, security sources cited by Algérie-Focus news website said several "foreigners" were among the kidnappers, including one from Canada, but also from Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Libya....