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Glasgow Airport bomber's sent email to brother who failed to report plot

April 13, 2008

Terrorist's brother kept quiet about e-mail that spoke of dying for Allah

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Kafeel Ahmed

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Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent

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The brother of an Islamic terrorist who drove a flaming Jeep into Glasgow airport was convicted yesterday of failing to tell police about the mission.

Sabeel Ahmed received an e-mail from his brother Kafeel telling him to look after their mother and father and saying: "It's about time that we give up our lives and our families for the sake of Islam to please Allah."

Sabeel, an NHS doctor, did not read the e-mail until the evening after the attack but still did not tell police about it. Yesterday he admitted failing to disclose information to police and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

He will be released from custody and voluntarily deported to India almost immediately because of time in jail he has already served.

At the end of June last year Kafeel had targeted London nightclubs with two car bombs that were designed to "maximise the loss of life" but they failed to detonate.

Knowing that the police were closing in, he instead tried to drive a burning vehicle into the airport on June 30. But he could not get through the glass doors and suffered severe burns from which he later died.

Kafeel's e-mail directed Sabeel to online documents containing his will and instructions on how to mislead investigators. Part of it read: "This is a project I was working on for some time now. Everything else was a lie and I hope you can forgive me for being such a good liar. It was necessary."

The message added: "Inshallah by the time you get this message I should have achieved one of the two goals by the will of Allah."

Jonathan Laidlaw, for the prosecution, told the Old Bailey how Kafeel aimed for the entrance doors of the airport but crashed into the pillars. He said: "Despite his efforts, the vehicle became trapped. Those who witnessed him described a set and determined face as he stared forward.

"His passenger lowered his window and threw a petrol bomb across the bonnet in the direction of the taxi rank and then threw a second of these devices in the opposite direction. At the same time the driver, the defendant's brother, began to pour and splash fuel from a can on to the area outside the car window and appeared to throw a petrol bomb.

"He got out of the vehicle and was engulfed in flames that swept around the Jeep and terminal building. He appeared to try and prevent others from getting to him or the vehicle. He kicked out but eventually, he being on fire, he was extinguished, subdued, handcuffed and arrested."

Sentencing Sabeel, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith told him: "Just before he \ set off on the attack he sent you a text message telling you to access the site to which he had saved his document. It is clear that Kafeel Ahmed wrote it in anticipation of his own death in the hope that his body may be unrecognisable and unidentifiable, and asked you to keep up a pretence that he was in Iceland on some secret project connected with his work as a scientist.

"It is clear you did not receive it until afterwards. Having opened the document on the website and realising your brother had been involved in a very serious offence, you kept that to yourself rather than going to the authorities. I accept there is no sign of you being an extremist or party to extremist views."

Bilal Abdullah, 28, and Mohammed Asha, 27, will go on trial this year for conspiracy to cause explosions.


Glasgow Airport bomber's email to brother

Last Updated: 3:11pm BST 11/04/2008 The Daily Telegraph (London) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/11/nglasgow211.xml

The suicide bomber behind the terror attack on Glasgow Airport sent his brother a chilling email telling him: "This is the project that I was working on for some time now. Everything else was a lie."

Kafeel Ahmed added: "It's about time that we give up our lives and our families for the sake of Islam to please Allah."

The terrorist, who suffered 90 per cent burns after crashing his jeep into the city's airport, sent the message two days before the attack, the Old Bailey heard.

Kafeel Ahmed, 28, was also involved in bomb attacks on the West End 24 hours earlier, the court was told.

In his message he apologised for being "such a good liar", adding: "It was necessary. This is confidential on behalf of our emir."

Sabeel Ahmed, 26, received a text message from his older brother just before the attack telling him to read the email, which he did later that day.

But he did not tell the police, and pleaded guilty to withholding information about the attack.

Kafeel, who had a PhD in engineering, instructed him in the email not to tell anyone about it and maintain a cover story that he was in Iceland on a global warming project.

The message said: "Inshallah by the time you get this message I should have achieved one of the two goals by the will of Allah.

"I sincerely apologise and pray that you forgive me for keeping this from you. It was for your safety and for the sake of the project.

"And after much deliberation I have decided to write this message so that you are prepared to take the knock-on effects of my actions.

"My sincere request that you do the following:

"1. Pray to Allah for acceptance of my deeds.

"2. Pray to Allah to give you calm and composure and strength (for you will need this)

"3. Do not inform any one about me or my deed (and I mean anyone).

"4. If they figure out it was me (I have tried to clear up my tracks as much as possible) then go ahead and tell them whatever they ask of you (about my PhD and the project on global warming and my trip to Iceland and give them my comp if they ask).

"And of course this is going to put you in trouble (Allah forbid). Say only that which is necessary. And please don't argue. Try to continue as normal but appear shocked. Try to put off telling Abbu-Ammi (mother and father) for as long as possible. I am sorry for putting you in this situation.

"But it's about time that we give up our lives and families for the sake of Islam to please Allah. And you will inshallah get the reward for this. "5. If they can't figure out who it was, then keep me alive for as long as possible.

"6. If I am caught, then try to maintain calmness (and if asked, repeat my story of PhD and project on global warming) and don't try too hard to get me released, I am prepared for the long haul (May Allah save me from the dreaded prisons).

"It will be your task to explain to people at home. I and the team are making maximum efforts to prevent this.

"7. In any of the above cases, leave this place and go back home or elsewhere as soon as possible.

"8. Please take care of Abbu and Ammi... "

"11. At any time, don't hold back from joining the Jihad, by money, words and actions. Allah makes it easy for those who do so...

"This is the project that I was working on for some time now...Everything else was a lie. And I hope you can all forgive me for being such a good liar.

"It was necessary, just so that you know.

"Everything since last week was executed by me and my team. This is confidential on behalf of our Emir. (If you got a sms, then the plan was stalled mid-way).

"The other email contained my will. In case I am caught please delete it before reading. Otherwise please delete once you have gone through.

"Never check this email again on your computer. Delete internet files, and delete cookies. Delete the downloaded txt file.

"May Allah... reward you for the troubles.

"Your brother Abu Abdurahman."

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