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Denied 'Toronto terrorist' video leaked to web

One of the key pieces of evidence against 11 alleged Toronto-based terrorists has been posted online -- a home video that shows masked men marching through a snowy Ontario forest and shooting guns.

The video has already been played in a Brampton, Ont. court this summer, but the judge hearing the case denied a request to release it to the media.

The two-and-a-half minute video shows men in winter camouflage carrying out activities that are alleged to be terrorist training exercises. They also shout "Allahu Akbar" -- or "God is Great" -- while waving a black flag.

It was posted to the Nine-Eleven Finding Answers Foundation's website in the U.S., which reportedly obtained the video from a British court after it was used at the trial of a man convicted of being a terrorist propagandist.

The only person recognizable in the video is police informant Mubin Shaikh.

Colin Freeze of the Globe and Mail told CTV Newsnet that the video is alleged to have been made almost three years ago. He said prosecutors allege the men involved were taking part in terror training.

"Lawyers for the accused say that these kids were playing, they were more fantasists than terrorists," he said.

The video shows a man showing others how to use a 9mm handgun. There is a clip of a suspect using what looks like a sniper rifle, but it is only a paintball gun.

Court has heard that only one gun was available at the camp.

The tape's release comes just weeks before the verdict of the first Canadian case to go to trial related to the so-called "Toronto 18."

The accused was a youth at the time of the alleged offences. The identities of 10 of the charged men are protected under a publication ban.

Police rounded up 18 men in June 2006 in what they called Canada's largest anti-terrorism operation since 9-11.

The men arrested were alleged to be planning an attack on a number of Canadian targets, including downtown Toronto, Parliament Hill and specifically, an alleged plot to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The NEFA Foundation has obtained exclusive footage of a would-be "terrorist training camp" that took place in a rural section of Canada in 2006. The camp, directed by CSIS confidential informant Mubin Shaikh, included members of the alleged “Toronto 18” terror cell, who are accused of conspiring to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in southern Ontario, including plans for truck bombings and storming local buildings such as the Canadian Parliament and the headquarters of the CSIS. The video features footage of the men receiving instruction on the use of handguns, sniper tactics, and basic calisthenics. Crudely edited by its creators to include nasheed music, the video also shows the men practicing evasive driving maneuvers at night in an abandoned parking lot.

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Added: Sep-18-2008 
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