Christmas Day bomber: “recruited into Al Qaeda in London” claim

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    8th January, 2010

    RECRUITED IN LONDON, SAYS YEMEN

    This claim is disputed by the British government, of course. But it should hardly surprise us, if true.  I mentioned this possibility here at this blog.

    We have known this has been going on for years in our universities, and in particular in our “bogus” colleges. In fact it was only due to this man’s attempt to come back to Britain to join such a fake establishment that the government prevented his entry. Somehow or other though, for some reason or other, they forgot to explain to our allies WHY he was stopped. He was not named in any list of likely lads.

    And Obama thinks HE or rather HIS security people have something to answer for?

    See Times :

    Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, told MPs earlier this week that Mr Abdulmutallab was “radicalised after he left this country” but it emerged yesterday that he was noted on UCL files as someone who had contact with known radicals. Mr al-Alimi also said that in Yemen, the alleged bomber met the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the cleric who had e-mail contact with the Muslim US Army psychologist who has been charged with going on a shooting spree that left 13 people dead at Fort Hood in Texas.

    And more here at the Daily Mail: The young Nigerian accused of attempting to bomb a transatlantic airliner on Christmas Day was recruited by al Qaeda in London, Yemen’s government claimed today.

    Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab joined the terror group during his three years as a student at University College, the country’s deputy prime minister told a news conference this afternoon.

    Caught red-handed: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

    The claim came hours after U.S. authorities charged 23-year-old Abdulmuttalab with six offences including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill nearly 300 people.

    But a Home Office spokesman insisted no new information about the suspect’s links to Islamic militants in Britain had been uncovered.

    The spokesman added that  Abdulmuttalab views only became serious after he left the UK in 2008.

    Yemeni deputy prime minister for defence and security affairs, Rashed Al-Aleemi, speaks during a press conference in Sana'a today

    But Rashad al-Alimi, Yemen’s deputy prime minister for defence and security, told a news conference In the capital Sana’a: ‘The information provided to us is that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab joined al Qaeda in London.’

    He also revealed that Abdulmutallab had met with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. (more)


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