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'Inmates knew London terror cell'

The information was disclosed by interrogation officials at Guantanamo Bay, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2006 19:45 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

The report will diffuse the arguments of those orchestrating the immediate closure of the Camp Delta. Inmates at Guantanamo Bay who are campaigning for their release at the High Court in London had allegedly contact with the terrorist cell which carried out last July's London bombings.

This was disclosed by interrogation officials at the Camp.

Officials said that dozens of the 500 detainees currently being held at Camp Delta had previously lived or worked in Britain prior to their capture in Afghanistan in 2001. But they are not British citizens. The detainees, according to these officials, had knowledge of the cell that monitored the bombings that killed 52 in London in July.

The officials, all Americans, revealed that they interviewed the detainees on a request from British intelligence. These detainees provided a great deal of information about the bombings. Most of it related to the raining and organisational structure.

Major General Jay Hood, the American officer responsible for running the camp clarified that MI6 had made the request for information from some detainees. A few of them lived or worked in Britain and during that period of their stay they made contact with the more radical elements among the Islamic population.

First Published: Feb 22, 2006 19:38 IST