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Terror extraditions 'a watershed moment'

US Attorney Preet Bharara said the extraditions of five terror suspects from the UK to the US were a "watershed moment in our nation's effort to eradicate terrorism"

As is charged, these are men who were at the nerve centres of al Qaida's acts of terror, and they caused blood to be shed, lives to be lost, and families to be shattered.

Hamza will be housed in Manhattan along with 50-year-old Khaled al-Fawwaz and 52-year-old Adel Abdul Bary, whilst 33-year Syed Talha Ahsan and 38-year-old Babar Ahmad will be held in Connecticut.

Abu Hamza appears in US court

Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is seen in this courtroom sketch during a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court in New York Credit: Reuters

Abu Hamza appeared before a federal judge in New York today after being extradited to the US from the late last night. He appeared without the hook he uses for an arm.

He entered no plea to charges of conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, and of helping to abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998.

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Cameron 'delighted' Hamza is out of the UK

David Cameron expressed his joy at Abu Hamza's extradition.

The Prime Minister said the Government must consider ways of stopping similar cases reoccurring:

I'm absolutely delighted that Abu Hamza is now out of this country.Like the rest of the public I'm sick to the back teeth of people who come here, threaten our country, who stay at vast expense to the taxpayer and we can't get rid of them.

I'm delighted on this occasion we've managed to send this person off to a country where he will face justice.

Now we should learn every lesson.How do we stop these people coming in? How do we get rid of them more quickly? How do we make sure they don't spend so long at taxpayers' expense?

I'm as frustrated as the rest of the country when these things happen.

I'm delighted that this man at least is on an airplane and on his way to face justice.

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