Sri Lanka attacks — UK preacher linked to Easter Sunday suicide bomber had Lee Rigby killers inside his mosque
ONE of the Sri Lanka suicide bombers studied at a UK university in the same year a hate preacher linked to Lee Rigby’s killers gave a speech promoting Jihad.
The revelation fuels fears Easter Sunday murderer Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed set out on the path to extremism during his time in the UK.
He attended Kingston University, South West London, when extremist cleric Shakeel Begg urged students to “make Jihad”. Firebrand Begg is head Imam at South London’s Lewisham Mosque, where soldier Lee Rigby’s murderers Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo worshipped.
He has also spoken at an event hosted by controversial charity Cage, whose research director Asim Quereshi called British ISIS terrorist “Jihadi John” a “beautiful young man”.
Cage director Moazzam Begg has also been a speaker at Kingston University three times.
ISIS fanatic Mohamed detonated his device during the wave of attacks that killed more than 253 people.
The 36-year-old lived in a former council house in Tooting, South London, from January 2006 and September 2007 while at uni and returned to visit in 2008.
Imam Begg told students in October 2006: “We have lost our practicality of Islam.
“A person will scream about Jihad. A person will scream and shout, ‘Yes we need to fight’. But where is the practicality about doing something for Islam?
“You want to make jihad? Very good. Don’t shout and scream and fight with your Muslim brother who is doing something else.
“Take some money and go to Palestine and fight. Fight the terrorists, fight the Zionists in Palestine if you want to do this.
“But Muslims have the lost the practicalities of Islam.”
It is not known if Mohammed attended the speech or came into contact with Begg.
In 2015 PM David Cameron named Kingston, despite its denials, as one of four unis which hosted the most events with extremist speakers.
In 2016, Shakeel Begg lost a libel action against the BBC after he was accused of extremism on the Sunday Politics show.
Judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said of Begg: “He has shed the cloak of responsibility and revealed the horns of extremism.”
He found of the Kingston speech: “The claimant is clearly exhorting or encouraging or mocking those who simply ‘scream and shout’ about Jihad and fighting but actually do nothing practical (i.e. armchair jihadists), to get up and ‘do something’.
“His reference to ‘take some money’ and ‘Zionists in Palestine’ reinforces the seriousness of his message.
The judge’s ruling also referred to a 2010 speech — now removed from the internet — Begg made for Cage.
He said: “The claimant espoused extremist Islamic positions and promoted or encouraged religious violence.”
Begg’s Lewisham Islamic Centre drew Adebolajo, 34, and Adebowale, 27.
He has left me and his children behind. It is hard to take in what he has done.
The pair — serving life sentences for hacking Fusilier Rigby, 25, to death in Woolwich, South East London in May 2013 — are also believed to have met “Jihadi John” Mohammed Emwazi at another mosque in nearby Greenwich.
Meanwhile, it is thought ISIS fanatic Grace Dare, whose four-year-old son Isa was filmed detonating a bomb believed to have killed prisoners in a car in Syria, also went to the Lewisham mosque.
It denied she was radicalised there and both it, and Begg, have condemned Lee’s killing.
A report by the Henry Jackson Society think-thank in January accused Kingston Uni of hosting 13 events with extremist speakers in the last three years. Moazzam Begg has spoken three times.
Last November, Labour activists were criticised for inviting Begg to an anti-racism event.
Yesterday a string of videos featuring him were still available on YouTube.
Uni ideas a threat
By Fiyaz Mughal from counter-extremism group Faith Matters
I SAT on a review of free speech at Westminster University just after Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) was unmasked as part of an IS team killing hostages.
The review showed some students thought they should enforce what “being Muslim meant”.
It was also evident the university was not clear on what was Islam, and the divergent toxicity of Islamism — which twists it into a form of religious superiority.
Poor understanding about extremism from 1995-2015 meant some universities became platforms where those with extreme views connected with ready-made audiences.
So it is no surprise to me that British-educated students are found in bomb plots, and with IS.
We cannot ever be complacent. Our future students and the health of our nation deserve better.
One appeared to show him at a Cage event hosted in February and posted online.
Abdul Mohamed betrayed his family to join ISIS and they had no idea of his intentions.
The terrorist, who also spent time in Australia with relatives before settling back in Sri Lanka, was in a cell which targeted hotels and churches.
Mohamed was meant to blow up the Taj Samudra Hotel.
When his backpack device failed, he went to the Tropical Inn Hotel. It is believed he set off his bomb by mistake, killing himself and one other.
His wife Shifana Mohamed, 30, said this week: “I had no idea until the police turned up at my door. I was in complete shock.
“He has left me and his children behind. It is hard to take in what he has done.”
Last night a spokeswoman for Kingston University said it was “fully compliant” with Government anti-radicalisation measures and “does not tolerate any form of incitement to hatred or violence”.
She added: “All approved speakers must agree to comply with a values statement.
“Both the University and the Union of Kingston Students reserve the right to deny access to a speaker, or to stop a talk, if an individual or organisation refuses to abide by these requirements.”
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