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Al Qaeda assassin worked for M16

An al Qaeda operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret files on detainees who were shipped to the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2011 00:57 IST

An al Qaeda operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002 was at the same time working for British intelligence, according to secret files on detainees who were shipped to the US military's Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, an Algerian citizen described as a "facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al Qaeda", was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantanamo Bay.

But according to Hamlili's Guantanamo "assessment" file, US interrogators were convinced that he was simultaneously acting as an informer for British and Canadian intelligence.

They found him "to have withheld important information from the Canadian Secret Intelligence Service and British Secret Intelligence Service … and to be a threat to US and allied personnel in Afghanistan and Pakistan".

A further series of reports based on the files reveal:

- A single star, Mohammed Basardah, informer at the base won his freedom by incriminating at least 123 other prisoners there.

- New light on how Osama bin Laden escaped from Tora Bora as US forces closed in on him in December 2001, including intelligence claiming that a local Pakistani warlord provided fighters to guide him to safety in the north-east of Afghanistan.