Detained Indian men's families deny terror links

July 5, 2007 04:12

The families of two Indian doctors detained in connection with failed terror plots in Britain have insisted that the young men were innocent and had nothing to do with terrorism. Australian authorities say they detained Muhammad Haneef, 27, late Monday at Melbourne airport as he tried to board a flight, and he was arrested based on information forwarded by British officials. "He has been detained unnecessarily. He is innocent," Qurat-ul-ain, Haneef's mother, told The Associated Press in the southern Indian city of Bangalore on Wednesday. She said he was heading to India to see his newborn daughter when he was arrested. Zakia Ahmed, the mother of Sabeel Ahmed, 26, who was detained Saturday in Liverpool, said both men were innocent.

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