Freed Gitmo Inmates: 'We'd Never Heard of al-Qaeda'

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2009 4:46 AM CDT
Three of the four ethnic Uighurs from China released from Guantanamo last week, are shown upon their arrival in Hamilton, Bermuda.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Chinese Muslims freed from Guantanamo last week had never heard of al-Qaeda before arriving in Cuba, one of them tells the Royal Gazette of Bermuda. "From what we have heard about them, they are an extremely radical group, with totally different ideals from ours," said Salahidin Abdulahad, who arrived in Bermuda last week with three other Uighurs. "We are a peace-loving people."

"From now through to our future we want to talk to people, let them get to know us and see who we are," Abdulla Abdulqadir told the Bermuda Sun. He said the men hope to open a restaurant. "Uighur food is delicious and we would like to share it with the generous, friendly people of Bermuda."