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Somali-born Canadian deported over ties with al Qaeda

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Mohammed Warsame pleaded guilty to attending a terrorist training camp
  • Osama bin Laden was present at the camp, he told authorities
  • Warsame was handed over to Canadian border authorities Friday

(CNN) -- U.S. immigration authorities deported Friday a Somali-born Canadian national who pleaded guilty in 2009 to receiving military training at an al Qaeda terrorist camp at which Osama bin Laden was present.

Mohammed Warsame, 37, was deported from the Terre Haute, Indiana, Federal Correctional Complex to Canada by agents with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He was handed over to officials from the Canadian Border Service.

Warsame was indicted in 2004 by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to an affidavit with the indictment, Warsame admitted his involvement in the training.

"During this interview Warsame admitted ... that he had also used the alias 'Abu Maryam' in connection with his attendance at a training camp at which Osama bin Laden was present in Afghanistan during 2000 and 2001," the affidavit said.

While at the camp, Warsame received training in physical fitness, the use of weapons and martial arts, according to the immigration agency. He also is believed to have observed the Taliban in combat.

After pleading guilty on May 20, 2009, Warsame was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison with credit for time served, according to the immigration agency. An order of removal to Canada was issued two months later.

"There is no place in this country for anyone who advocates violence by associating, supporting or conspiring with terrorists," Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton said in a written statement. "ICE will use every tool at our disposal to protect the American people and remove those who pose a threat to our national security."