LUSAKA (Zambia): A British man in custody in Zambia in connection with the July 7 London bombings was once a body guard for al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Zambian security officials said on Friday.
The security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media, said Haroon Rashid Aswat, 31, said during questioning that he had once been a personal guard for bin Laden. Aswat was detained in Lusaka after he entered the country from Botswana, the Zambian officials said….
The Zambian officials said investigators were particularly interested in talking to Aswat about 20 phone calls allegedly made from his phone to some of the men thought to have set off bombs in London on July 7….
Aswat reportedly was once an associate of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a Muslim preacher who is awaiting trial in Britain on charges of incitement to murder. Al-Masri also is wanted in the United States on charges of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Bly.