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No help for 14-year-old son of Canadian al-Qaeda suspect paralysed in firefight

The family of a 14-year-old Canadian boy wounded in combat alongside al-Qaida fighters hopes to bring him to Canada from Pakistan by the end of March, a government official said Monday. But the family of Abdulkareem Khadr, paralysed from the waist down after he was hit in the spine by a bullet Oct. 2, will have to bear the burden of expense for his flight home, and probably his medical bills. “It’s up to them to get it organized at their expense,” said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We can’t assist; we can provide useful guidance and instruction but in terms of money, of course, they have to put the money up front.” Khadr’s father, Egyptian-born Canadian citizen Ahmed Said Khadr, was killed in the same action in which his son was wounded. Pakistani officials have said both were firing weapons at the time. The boy’s three brothers have also been suspected al-Qaida members. Omar, 17, is a prisoner at the American base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Abdurahman was captured, released and returned to Toronto. Full Story

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