Islamabad, Jan 15(ANI): About 12 Canadian converts to Islam are reportedly undertaking terrorist training in Pakistan.
According to the Asia Times, the men have been receiving jihadi training in Al-Qaeda camps in North Waziristan.
The Canadians are said to be loyal to an Al-Qaeda leader known as Abu Shahid.
Arif Wazir, a local militant in North Waziristan, said that the group would be used to carry out terror attacks in Canada, whose troops are a part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
"In the first stage of their journey, the Canadians went to Afghanistan in February 2010, there were 12 of them. After nine months, Al-Qaeda's leaders decided to send them to North Waziristan and they reached Darpakhel in November last year," the newspaper quoted Wazir, as saying.
"In Afghanistan they received basic jihadi training, while currently they are busy doing some special courses. Their main learning is how to use sophisticated weapons, and how to connect with local smuggling networks in North America."
"They are also learning how to use ordinary material like sugar and basic chemicals to make powerful explosives. These militants will then return to their country to execute Al-Qaeda's plan of targeting big cities in Canada," the militant said.
Wazir also said that the group would remain in North Waziristan until it is felt that they are sufficiently trained to successfully carry out terror activities. (ANI)