A Canadian family accused of having close ties to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network is in the news again with allegations by the Taliban that another son was involved in a deadly attack on a coalition soldier.
A Taliban spokesman claimed Abdullah Khadr of Toronto was the suicide bomber who killed Canadian Forces Corporal Jamie Murphy in Kabul Jan. 27, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported.
Khadr is the son of Ahmed Saeed Khadr, a Canadian citizen whom the U.S. has accused of having direct ties to bin Laden. He also is the brother of Omar Khadr, who, as WorldNetDaily first reported exclusively, is accused of killing a U.S. Special Forces medic July 28.
Omar Khadr was held by the U.S. in the prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but was released because the U.S. had no charges and believed he no longer was an intelligence asset.
A third brother, Abdurahman Khadr, also was held at Guantanamo. He returned to Canada shortly after his release in October.
Abdurahman Khadr admitted he had been trained at an “al-Qaida-related camp” for three months in 1998, but played down his family’s suspected ties to bin Laden. . . .
Abdullah is the eldest of four brothers and the only male member of the family who was not detained or shot as a terrorism suspect, the Toronto paper said yesterday.
Members of his family deny he is a suicide bomber, and Canadian officials believe the Taliban claim could be misinformation.
Members of the Khadr family described Abdullah, 23, as a “good boy” who is stuck in Pakistan and wanting to return to Canada. . . .
Abdullah’s grandmother, Fatmah Elsamnah, strongly denied intelligence reports that Abdullah was a commander of a training camp.
“Abdullah was trying to come home, and that’s it,” she told the Toronto daily. “This news upsets me very much because Abdullah is a good boy and nobody has helped him – even his government.”
The Khadr family’s relationship with the government was an embarrassment to former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who once intervened on behalf of the father.
The father was arrested in 1995 in connection with a bomb at the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad – a suicide attack that killed 17. According to the Ottawa Citizen, a Canadian Security Intelligence Service report says Khadr is “alleged to have moved … money through” Human Concern International, a Canadian relief agency, “from Afghanistan to Pakistan to pay for the operation.”
Chretien pressed then-Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during a trade mission to give Khadr due process in Canada.