Canadian al-Qaeda suspect dead: Pakistan

DNA testing confirms earlier reports that Canadian Ahmed Khadr, a suspected al-Qaeda supporter, is dead, according to Pakistan

DNA testing has confirmed that Egyptian-born Canadian Ahmed Said Khadr, a suspected al-Qaeda supporter, was killed last year, Pakistani officials confirmed Saturday.

Khadr died during a shootout with Pakistani security forces near the Afghanistan border three months, said army spokesman Maj.-Gen. Shaukat Sultan.

Both Khadr and his 14-year-old son Abdullah Karim were shot during the raid. At the time, Pakistani officials said the teenager was killed.

Recently, officials said Abdullah was only wounded and is currently in custody.

Khadr's corpse was identified through genetic testing during the past few days, Sultan said.

He called himself a Canadian aid worker. But American authorities accused him of being a terrorist with ties to Osama bin Laden.

In 1996, Khadr was arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of financing the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad. His arrest, which coincided with a Team Canada trade visit, was raised by former prime minister Jean Chrétien during a meeting with Pakistan's leader.

Khadr was released a short time later.

He was born in Egypt but moved to Ottawa in 1975 where he studied computers.

Khadr's 20-year-old son Abdurahman, a Canadian citizen, made headlines recently when he was dumped in Afghanistan after being released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

From Afghanistan, he went to Iran and then to Bosnia, where Canadian officials helped him return to Canada last month.

During an interview with CBC-TV on the weekend, Abdurahman asked Ottawa for help returning his father's body to Canada.