A Dewsbury terrorist who is suspected of "masterminding" the July 7 attacks in London, has been arrested in Zambia.
Haroon Rashid Aswat has been on the run since 1999 when he allegedly tried to set up training camps for al-Qaeda in the United States. His name emerged within days of the July 7 attacks, as a possible orchestrator of the synchronised suicide bombings that killed 52 people.
The 30-year-old activist from Dewsbury was reported to have slipped into Britain a fortnight before the attacks and flew out hours before the four bombers struck. Senior security sources in Islamabad told The Times that they had been asked by Britain within days of the first wave of attacks for help in tracking down Aswat. British police are checking claims that he was in phone contact with at least one of the bombers who died in the July 7 attack.
The radical cleric Abu Hamza, who went on trial the day before the bombings, sent Aswat to Oregon in 1999 to check out locations for a terror camp proposed by American jihadist James Ujaama, who has been convicting of aiding the Taliban and has given evidence against Aswat. American authorities asked for Aswat's extradition from Britain as a result but Britain refused on the grounds that the Americans did not have enough to warrant the extradition.
Hamza used to preach at the infamous Finsbury Park mosque, from which a ballooning number of terrorists have come.