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Drone death man 'being groomed to head UK terror group'

A British terror suspect killed in a drone attack was being groomed to head an al-Qaeda splinter group in the UK, the BBC's Newsnight has learnt.

The man, named in Pakistan as Abdul Jabbar, died in the north west of the country in September.

Newsnight spoke to a "a trusted, senior security source" overseas who said Jabbar intended to lead a group called the Islamic Army of Great Britain.

Whitehall officials have declined to comment on the BBC's report.

Ben Geoghegan reports.

  • 06 Oct 2010
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