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Al Muhajiroun leader Bakri told press "Al Qaeda in Europe was planning inevitable attacks" still not arrested

Radical Islamist cleric who told followers "the life of unbelievers has no value " " told followers to join Al Qaeda and attack UK
July 12, 2005


July 10, 2005

Terror in London

Radical cleric warned of a ‘big operation'
Abul Taher and Dipesh Gadher

A RADICAL Muslim cleric based in London claimed more than a year ago that an Al-Qaeda cell was planning to launch "a big operation" in the capital.

Omar Bakri Mohammed said a group calling itself Al-Qaeda Europe was "very well organised" and predicted that a terrorist attack was "inevitable".

One of the claims of responsibility for last Thursday's bombings has come from a group with a similar name.

Yesterday, commentators in Europe claimed Britain had paid the price for allowing Islamic extremists to flourish unopposed in "Londonistan".

The stinging rebuke came as an apparent backlash against Britain's Muslim community began to emerge with a petrol-bomb attack on a mosque in Merseyside.

Syrian-born Bakri, who has previously praised the 9/11 terrorists, predicted the attacks on British soil in April last year, a month after the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people.

In an interview with Portugal's Publica news magazine, Bakri said: "It's inevitable because several (attacks) are being prepared by several groups." He said a group calling itself Al-Qaeda Europe "has a great appeal for young Muslims . . . I know that they are ready to launch a big operation".

The Secret Organisation Group of Al-Qaeda of Jihad Organisation in Europe made its unverified claim about the London attacks on the Arabic website Al-Qalah (The Fortress) about three hours after the last of four bombs exploded in central London.

The statement said: "Rejoice for it is time to take revenge against the British Zionist Crusader government in retaliation for the massacres Britain is committing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The heroic mujaheddin have carried out a blessed raid in London. Britain is now burning with fear, terror and panic."

In the Portuguese interview, Bakri described British troops in Iraq as "terrorists". "Terrorism is the law of the 21st century," he said. "It's legitimate."

Asked what constituted a legitimate target, Bakri said: "We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and non-believers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity." At least one Muslim — a 20-year-old woman — is feared to have died in the London bombings and many more were injured.

Bakri, with several other known Islamic militants, has been keeping a low profile since last Thursday's attacks.

Bakri disbanded his extremist outfit al-Muhajiroun last October, claiming that all Muslims should unite together against a hostile West. The group had previously celebrated the 9/11 atrocities in America, describing the hijackers as "The Magnificent 19".

Yesterday, Saad al-Fagih, a Saudi exile who has been implicated in the 1998 East African embassy bombings, denied a report that he ran the Al-Qalah website.

"It has nothing to do with me," he said from his home in Willesden, northwest London. "I condemn these attacks."

Al-Fagih, however, said he was in no doubt that Al-Qaeda was behind the bombings and claimed the perpetrators were either "indigenous" Muslims or foreigners who had been settled in Britain for some time.

"Thanks to the American invasion of Iraq, Al-Qaeda has no shortage of manpower," he said. "My sources tell me that 3,000 Saudis have joined the jihad in Iraq and are prepared to become suicide bombers anywhere in the world."

Al-Fagih, who runs an organisation called the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, has been accused by American prosecutors of providing Osama Bin Laden with a satellite phone to help co-ordinate the 1998 attacks on Kenya and Tanzania.

  • The Wirral Islamic cultural centre and Shahjalal mosque in Birkenhead, Merseyside, was set alight early yesterday. One person, suffering from smoke inhalation, was rescued from flats above the building.
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    http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=790052005 The five key bomb suspects


    THE Moroccan is the first person to have been named as a possible suspect. The 44-year-old British citizen was convicted in absentia for his part in a Casablanca suicide bombing in May 2003 which killed 33 people, and is believed to be at large in London

    Gerbouzi is said to have been living with his family in Britain for 16 years. It is understood he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the country, despite warnings from Morocco that he posed a threat.

    A former pupil of cleric Abu Qatada - said to be Osama bin Laden's European "ambassador" - Gerbouzi is also alleged by the Spanish authorities to have links with last year's Madrid bombings.

    He denies any involvement in terrorism.


    A 25-YEAR-OLD British national who allegedly trained to make bombs in an al-Qaeda camp, he was arrested in Pakistan in May.

    Siddiqui apparently told the Pakistani authorities that he was from West London and had read economics at a London University.

    "Siddiqui could be vital to solve this puzzle," said a Pakistani official.

    "He could lead the authorities to any other sleeping cells linked to al-Qaeda in the UK."

    He is one of a number of suspects already in custody abroad whom investigators will be keen to speak to.


    THE alleged mastermind of last year's Madrid railway bombings who also goes by the name Abu Musab al-Suri. The Syrian is suspected of being al-Qaeda's operations chief in Europe and has emerged as a suspect in the London attacks, according to unidentified investigators cited in Sunday newspapers.

    Nasar, 47, is a known ringleader of terrorist group Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, one of three al-Qaeda groups to have claimed responsibility for the bombings.

    He is thought to have lived in London between 1995 and 1998 but is now believed to be in Iraq.

    Police in Spain have already accused him of establishing sleeper cells in London, Madrid, Rome, Paris and Milan.


    IN CUSTODY in the US after he admitted assisting in a bombing plot in Britain.

    The New York man, originally from Pakistan, is believed to have been associated with a group in London known as al Muhajiroun, which includes Pakistani terrorists.

    Al Muhajiroun was under British surveillance and members of the group purchased nearly a tonne of ammonium nitrate, a raw material used to make bombs. British police foiled an apparent bomb plot in March last year when they arrested eight men and seized about 600 kg of ammonium nitrate from a self-storage warehouse in West London.

    Babar, 30, last year also admitted smuggling money and military supplies to a senior member of al-Qaeda in Pakistan and setting up a jihad training camp.


    INVESTIGATORS are thought to be looking into whether Iraqi explosives provided by al-Qaeda's top agent in Iraq were used in last week's terror bombings.

    A US official said police have linked al-Zarqawi to the attacks because of the vast amount of explosives and munitions in Iraq.

    Homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said officials were "concerned about" a possible al-Zarqawi link.

    "I want to withhold judgment. We haven't seen any definitive indication of that," he said.

    "It's something we obviously want to look to, we're concerned about."

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