(Update from Phillip: see alternate link in my comment below. Fearfacts doesn’t have that story any longer, apparently.)
New Zealanders have been trained by al-Qaeda in countries such as Yemen, Prime Minister John Key says.
“In New Zealand there are people who’ve been trained for al Qaeda camps who operate out of New Zealand, who are in contact with people overseas, who have gone off to Yemen and other countries to train… I’m sorry, but that’s the real world,” he said on MoreFM this morning.
– © Fairfax NZ News
Key said “if people don’t believe there’s the odd person in New Zealand who presents a potential threat, either on the international stage or in New Zealand, unfortunately they’re wrong.”
People like this were why the new GCSB law was needed, he said.
The law is currently before Parliament at the moment and faces its second reading today.
The Government has secured the vote of United Future leader Peter Dunne to ensure the bill will pass.