A former pilot with Afghanistan's national airliner has reportedly said he helped train 14 Islamic militants to fly civilian aircraft.
The London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper quotes the pilot, now in Afghanistan, as saying some of the trainees had European passports,. They left Afghanistan nearly one year ago after completing their training.
The newspaper didn't say if the trainees were among the hijackers who slammed commercial aircraft into the Pentagon in Washington and the World Trade Centre in New York on Tuesday.
The trainees were reportedly Pakistanis, Afghans and Arab nationals.