Dec 13 2010
Uh huh. ‘I see nothing, I hear nothing. I never knew my husband had become a terrorist.’ Yet the people in the mosque he went to in the UK knew. Wife of British-based suicide bomber tells of her shock and devastation over Stockholm attack.
And I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn you might want to buy.
UK DAILY MAIL–The wife of suicide bomber who was radicalised in Britain before carrying out a suicide bombing on a busy street in Sweden today spoke of her ‘devastation’.
Iraqi-born Taimour Abdulwahab Al-Abdaly, 28, blew up his car, then himself, in the capital Stockholm. And today it emerged he was thrown out of a Luton mosque three years ago for being too radical.
A Swedish prosecutor said it was likely that Abdulwahab was wearing a bomb belt and was possibly on his way to a department store or train station when the explosive detonated by accident. Abdulwahab spent much of the last decade in Luton – long known as a hotbed of terrorism – where he studied for a degree and continued living there with his wife Mona Thwany and three young children.
Mrs Thwany – who runs her own beauty business Amira Make-up and Hair – said she had no clue about her husband’s intentions. Asked if she had been aware of the plot she told the Evening Standard: ‘No, of course not. I really don’t want to talk right now. I am very devastated and upset.’ (Sure you are)
Sources at the Luton Islamic Centre today said Abdulwahab’s views were deemed so extreme that he was asked to leave after he began giving sermons three years ago. (Yet did they report him to the police? NO)
It is claimed after being kicked out of the mosque he began preaching to the Islamic Society at the University of Bedfordshire. ‘It was the worshippers who brought it to the committee’s attention that there was someone in here teaching something that is alien to Islam – extremist views,’ he said. (ALIEN to Islam? Pardon me while I gag)
Police were searching a property in the town today as part of the probe into the suicide attack.
The warning referred to the presence of 500 Swedish troops among the Allies in Afghanistan and caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed drawn three years ago by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. The warning email contained messages to the bomber’s family, one asking that his children were told ‘Daddy loves them’
Immediately after the email arrived, Abdulwahab’s car burst into flames on a busy street in the city centre, with a series of explosions following from gas canisters stashed inside the vehicle. Around ten minutes later Abdulwahab shouted in Arabic ‘Allah Akbar,’before detonating a pipe bomb which killed him and wounded two passers-by.
Tragedy was only narrowly avoided, as police are understood to have found five more bombs on Abdulwahab’s corpse which did not go off. He also wore a rucksack full of nails. It was speculated that the car bomb was designed to attract police and crowds, who would have been killed in their scores if all the suicide bombs had gone off.
At a taxi office opposite the Luton flat where Abdulwahab is understood to have lived with his wife, employee Imran Khan, 31, said: ‘We used to see him all the time. He lived across the road with his wife, a chubby lady who wore a full veil that covered everything apart from her eyes.
‘He was really quiet and she wouldn’t say anything. I haven’t seen him here for a while but she’s still around with their two little kids.’
The Bedfordshire town has a Muslim population of 20,000 and has been linked with a string of high-profile extremists. Last year Muslim protesters disrupted a homecoming march of soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
It has also emerged Abdulwahab – who had lived in the UK for 10 years – visited radical Islamic websites and Facebook groups including one which offers advice on preparing for Judgement Day. Another website he visited – Yawm Al-Qiyaamah – shows pictures of Tower Bridge engulfed by flames and has more than 8,000 followers.
Al-Abdaly listed himself on Muslim dating website Muslima as a physical therapy graduate from Bedfordshire University. He wrote on Muslima that he was born in Baghdad and moved to Sweden in 1992 before coming to the UK in 2001. He said he was married in 2004 and had two young girls. ‘I want to get married again, and would like to have a big family. My wife agreed to this,’ he wrote. He said he was looking for a practising Sunni Muslim who loves children and ‘wants to please Allah before me’. He described himself as economically ‘OK’ and said that when he had extra money he gave it to the needy. ‘In the future, am looking for to move to an Arabic country and settle down there…’ al-Abdaly added.
His Facebook page features an Islamic flag being raised over a world in flames. On the page, he says he is a member of the group Islamic Caliphate State, which seeks to establish Islamic rule worldwide and adds: ‘I’m a Muslim and I’m proud.’
Police were investigating Abdulwahab’s British connections last night. Neighbours in Luton suggested that his wife, who herself has fundamentalist views, and their children are still living there.
The involvement of a student from a British university in yet another terrorist incident will raise fresh questions about admissions to UK universities, and the radicalisation of Muslim students when studying in this country.
The following is the full text of an email sent to a Swedish news agency before the blasts:
‘In the name of God the merciful. Prayers and peace to the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him.
‘Thanks to Lars Vilks and his paintings of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, and your soldiers in Afghanistan and your silence on all this so shall your children, daughters, brothers and sisters die in the same way as our brothers and sisters and children die.
‘Now the Islamic states have fulfilled what they promised you. We are here in Europe and in Sweden, we are a reality, not an invention, I will not say more about this.
‘Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not end your war against Islam and humiliation of the prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks.
‘To all Muslims in Sweden I say: stop fawning and humiliating yourselves for a life of humiliation is far from Islam. Help your brothers and sisters and do not fear anything or anyone, only the God you worship.
‘To my family, try to forgive me. I could not sit and watch while all the injustice happens against Islam and the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, when the pig Vilks did what he did.
‘Forgive me for my lies. I never went to the Middle East to work or earn money, I went there for jihad. I hope that you can understand me some time. I could never have told you all this or to anyone.’