x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Al Qaeda threatens UK over Abu Qatada extradition

In a statement signed by Al Qaeda's general command and published online, the group said Abu Qatada's extradition would "open the gates of evil" onto "Britain and its citizens everywhere".

Al Qaeda threatened to attack Britain yesterday if it decided to extradite to Jordan Abu Qatada, once believed to be an aide to Osama bin Laden.

In a statement signed by Al Qaeda's general command and published online, the group said Abu Qatada's extradition would "open the gates of evil" onto "Britain and its citizens everywhere".

The 51-year-old Jordanian, labelled the right-hand man of bin Laden by a Spanish judge, was convicted in Jordan in absentia for involvement in terror attacks in 1998, and faces a retrial on his return.