Dozens of European Terrorists Training in Pakistan

Plus, 20 NATO oil tankers attacked
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2010 7:32 AM CDT
Pakistani fire fighters struggle to extinguish burning oil tankers after militants attacked a terminal in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, early Monday, Oct. 4, 2010.   (AP)
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(Newser) – As Japan joined the list of countries issuing travel alerts for Europe, intelligence officials report that dozens of Muslim militants with European citizenship are believed to be training in Pakistan for terror missions—possibly in Europe. One senior Pakistani official puts the number of such extremists at "several dozen," and says at least one is a former F-16 pilot in the Turkish air force. Officials believe Osama bin Laden is behind the plots, the AP notes.

Britain estimates as many as 20 British-born militants are among those operating in the lawless border area of Pakistan, and a German spokesperson says 70 people have traveled from that country to Pakistan and Afghanistan for paramilitary training. Meanwhile, Islamist militants set fire to 20 NATO oil tankers today in Pakistan, the third such attack following two on Friday, as the border crossing remains blocked. The Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for the attacks, which killed at least three people, the AP reports.

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