Alleged Terrorist: ‘We Were Hunting Nessie’

An east London electrician accused of having terror ties claimed he was not attending training camps but hunting for the Loch Ness Monster during a trip to Scotland with other terror suspects, the Scottish Daily Record reported Saturday.

Kader Ahmed, 20, who faces three counts of attending a place used for terrorist training, told a U.K. court that he visited Inverness and Loch Ness three years ago with a group organized by preacher Mohammed Hamid, the Daily Record reported. Four members of this group have been convicted in the July 21, 2005 London bomb plot.

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Ahmed, who went on paintball and other camping excursions with Hamid’s group, said he believed it was harmless fun “like Scouts or Cadets,” and that he did not believe the group was breaking the law.

In fact, Ahmed claimed, Hamid asked a senior cop “a number of times” if the group’s activities were legal in the aftermath of the July 2005 attacks and was told they were not breaking the law, the Daily Record reported.

Ahmed stands trial with Hamid, Kibley Da Costa, Mohammed Al Figari and Mousa Brown, who all deny they are linked to terrorist, the Daily Record reported.