Muslim cleric says attack on London "inevitable" and details of group linked to attack !
April 18, 2004
The holy man
It worked in Madrid, why not London? From Reuters, with thanks to Ted Robertson, a look at the latest threats from Omar Bakri, whom I profile in Onward Muslim Soldiers. In the book I discuss how he openly boasts of exploiting the contradictions of the Western system, preaching terror, sedition and hatred and then claiming the protections of free speech. Here he goes again:
LISBON (Reuters) - Several Islamic militant groups are preparing attacks on London, making such a strike unavoidable, a radical Muslim cleric said in an interview with a Portuguese magazine.
"It's inevitable. Because several (attacks) are being prepared by several groups," Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad told Lisbon's Publica magazine from London, where he is based.
One "very well organised" group in London calling itself al Qaeda Europe "has a great appeal for young Muslims", he said. "I know that they are ready to launch a big operation."
London police said they were not prepared to discuss the claims, but the country's most senior police officer, Sir John Stevens, has previously said that an attack on the capital was inevitable.
The firebrand cleric, who has outraged moderate Muslims and non-Muslims alike with his uncompromising views, gave no further details.
Asked if a British Muslim was allowed to carry out a "terrorist attempt" in a foreign country, Muhammad said "That is another story."
He added: "We don't make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value. It has no sanctity."
Bakri is, sad to say, on firm ground in Islamic theology and law on that one.
It was important to see accusations of terrorism in their proper context, he said.
"If we give money to needy women and children, they say they are the families of terrorists. But where do the terrorists come from? Zimbabwe? No. They are people from here. And they are our brothers, the terrorists."
The group claiming responsibility for the Murders Yesterday are known as The Secret Organisation group of Al Qaeda of Jihad Organisation in Europe, could this be the same group?