Canary Wharf was the next target after 9/11, US trial hears

Canary Wharf, London

NEW YORK: Al Qaeda recruit, Saajid Badat, 35, testified at the trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza, who faces life behind bars if convicted on 11 kidnapping and terror charges after being extradited to the United States.

Badat expanded on his testimony last month at the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, in which he had said al Qaeda had an almanac of the world’s tallest buildings.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-declared 9/11 mastermind, crossed out the two World Trade Centers in New York as he leafed through the book looking for fresh targets, Badat had said.

On Monday, Badat added that Mohammed also asked about a target in Britain.

“I believe Canary Wharf was mentioned,” Badat said, referring to the business district with a high concentration of tall buildings in east London…