Saturday, July 30, 2005

UN Expert states New Zealand has terror linked Muslim groups

A world-renowned al-Qaeda expert Dr Rohan Gunaratna confirms Islamic extremist groups are operating in New Zealand.

Singapore-based Gunaratna, led the specialist team that designed and built the United Nations database on al-Qaeda and the Taliban's mobility, finance and weapons. He has also briefed the UN Secretary-General's high-level panel on terrorism.

He said there were about 10 groups linked to international Islamic terror networks operating out of New Zealand cities. There are a number of groups raising funds, doing propaganda and recruiting for jihad groups," he said.

"They never operate under their own names, but are in both Muslim and non-Muslim groups."

Gunaratna said the Government was aware of the groups and some were under investigation.

UN story blogged also at Gman inc. and Sir Humphrey's

Sir Umps has an interesting link .

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