'Al-Qaida man' has extradition to US approved

The extradition to the US of an alleged al-Qaida operative accused of planning to bomb UK and US targets was approved yesterday.

Prosecutors claim Abid Naseer was part of an al-Qaida cell operating in the UK in which the participants planned a terrorist attack in Manchester.

District Judge Quentin Purdy approved the application in a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London, but said the case would now go to the Home Secretary.

Ben Cooper, representing Naseer, said his client would appeal against the decision.

Prosecutors in the US want Naseer to stand trial on allegations of providing material support to al-Qaida, conspiring to do so and conspiracy to use a destructive device.

The allegations stem from his alleged involvement between September 2008 and April 2009 in an al-Qaida cell operating in the UK which conspired to conduct a terror attack between April 15 and 20, 2009 in Manchester city centre, most likely in St Ann's Square or the Arndale shopping centre.