Tensions "high" among Crawley Muslim community as police search properties linked to alleged suicide bomber

The Argus: Abdul Waheed Majid Abdul Waheed Majid

Tensions "are high" among the Muslim community in Crawley following reports up to five properties are being searched in relation to the suspected Crawley suicide bomber.

Police and South East Counter Terrorism officers have been at a second property in Langley Green this morning (Thursday) in what is believed to be part of the inquiry.

South East Counter Terrorism officers are understood to be at a home in St Joan Close, just around the corner from the property where Abdul Waheed Majid and his family lived in Martyrs Avenue.

Counter terrorism officers searched his home yesterday (Wednesday) in connection with a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Aleppo last week, which he is suspected of carrying out.

Now a spokesman for the Muslim community in Crawley has said more properties are thought to be being searched today.

Arif Syed, chairman of Crawley Mosque and a spokesman for the town's Muslim community, said: "As I understand there is one property being searched in Langley Drive, one in St Joans Close, but I’m also being told that there will be further searches carried out.

"These people are being kicked out of their homes  and the police have the audacity to ask us to house them at the mosque while they carry out their searches.

"It’s a witchhunt. The public are going ballistic.

"The Muslim community are absolutely outraged by this – tensions are very high.

"They are all friends of Mr Majeed, I’m a friend of Mr Majeed, this is such a tight-knit community here.

"We are all set to meet tomorrow at the mosque and I already know that the temperature will be high."

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2:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

john5001 says...

wonder who put the suspect package in brighton .and a few weeks back they tried to cut the head off that shoreham man
wonder who put the suspect package in brighton .and a few weeks back they tried to cut the head off that shoreham man john5001

2:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Alan G Skinner says...

The "Muslim community" are outraged by this? Outraged by what exactly the Police doing there job? If a "British" citizen is suspected of committing a terrorist act, whether it be abroad or in the UK, surely any civilised, law abiding citizen would want the Police and security services to leave no stone unturned in the relentless pursuit of the truth and justice. Martyrs Avenue???
The "Muslim community" are outraged by this? Outraged by what exactly the Police doing there job? If a "British" citizen is suspected of committing a terrorist act, whether it be abroad or in the UK, surely any civilised, law abiding citizen would want the Police and security services to leave no stone unturned in the relentless pursuit of the truth and justice. Martyrs Avenue??? Alan G Skinner

3:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

BiggerH says...

to be fair, Muslims do tend to get worked up about lots of things.

Perhaps if they smiled more, the view the world has about them may change.

just saying......
to be fair, Muslims do tend to get worked up about lots of things. Perhaps if they smiled more, the view the world has about them may change. just saying...... BiggerH

3:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

juleshove says...

As the chairman of the Mosque has said he was friends with Mr Wajid ( a terrorist ) and other people in the Muslim community were also his close friends, it's hardly surprising the police need to check their houses as well is it.

Not sure why their outraged or even surprised. Perhaps the Muslim community in Crawley would be better directing their outrage at what Mr Wajid apparently did. That is murdering people.
As the chairman of the Mosque has said he was friends with Mr Wajid ( a terrorist ) and other people in the Muslim community were also his close friends, it's hardly surprising the police need to check their houses as well is it. Not sure why their outraged or even surprised. Perhaps the Muslim community in Crawley would be better directing their outrage at what Mr Wajid apparently did. That is murdering people. juleshove

4:07pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Indigatio says...

If this reporting is correct this guy needs to rethink his attitude!
Quote:- "They are all friends of Mr Majeed, I’m a friend of Mr Majeed, this is such a tight-knit community here".
Majeed is a proven terrorist, having been friends or not they should condemn his actions. They should also offer their full support to the Police.
True muslims, and I have a lot of Muslim friends, would distance themselves from such a person as Majeed.
If this reporting is correct this guy needs to rethink his attitude! Quote:- "They are all friends of Mr Majeed, I’m a friend of Mr Majeed, this is such a tight-knit community here". Majeed is a proven terrorist, having been friends or not they should condemn his actions. They should also offer their full support to the Police. True muslims, and I have a lot of Muslim friends, would distance themselves from such a person as Majeed. Indigatio

5:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

melee says...

They are outraged? I've heard it all now.
I'm outraged that we have 'alleged' suicide bombers living among us, but let's not bother to find out if any of his 'close knit' mates have similar plans in case one of them gets outraged eh?
They are outraged? I've heard it all now. I'm outraged that we have 'alleged' suicide bombers living among us, but let's not bother to find out if any of his 'close knit' mates have similar plans in case one of them gets outraged eh? melee

5:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Alan G Skinner says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
Its not been proven it was him yet has it? Muslims are a peace loving religion, I feel sorry for them that they all get branded in this way. It must be awful, I wouldnt like to be instantly branded a terrorist because of my religion.
Hmmm. Iraq. Afghanistan. Egypt. Libya. Syria. Interesting that most of the worlds conflicts are currently in countries that are predominantly "Peace loving". It's also a shame that allied forces have to keep interviening to stem the flow of blood of those who dare to be different, free. Interesting that some "British" "peace loving" people feel the need to travel across the world align themselves with terrorists to attack and destabilise a legitimate, moderate country like Syria.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: Its not been proven it was him yet has it? Muslims are a peace loving religion, I feel sorry for them that they all get branded in this way. It must be awful, I wouldnt like to be instantly branded a terrorist because of my religion.[/p][/quote]Hmmm. Iraq. Afghanistan. Egypt. Libya. Syria. Interesting that most of the worlds conflicts are currently in countries that are predominantly "Peace loving". It's also a shame that allied forces have to keep interviening to stem the flow of blood of those who dare to be different, free. Interesting that some "British" "peace loving" people feel the need to travel across the world align themselves with terrorists to attack and destabilise a legitimate, moderate country like Syria. Alan G Skinner

5:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ouseler says...

Quite right Mr Syed, it's an absolute disgrace having your homes raided. If I were you, as their leader, I would encourage my followers to emigrate and not stay to be treated like this..
Quite right Mr Syed, it's an absolute disgrace having your homes raided. If I were you, as their leader, I would encourage my followers to emigrate and not stay to be treated like this.. Ouseler

6:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

angrymonkey says...

was he friends with the lot wanting to blow up the blue water shops to?
was he friends with the lot wanting to blow up the blue water shops to? angrymonkey

6:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

LJB says...

I'm curious to know does he really live in 'Martyrs Avenue' in the Muslim district or is this the local nickname of the street? If so it's kind of uncanny!.. wouldn't want to live there..
I'm curious to know does he really live in 'Martyrs Avenue' in the Muslim district or is this the local nickname of the street? If so it's kind of uncanny!.. wouldn't want to live there.. LJB

7:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

It's more uncanny that the same house has produced two murdering perverts.
It's more uncanny that the same house has produced two murdering perverts. Maxwell's Ghost

11:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

notaconspiracy says...

I'm surprised that the spokesman for Islam thinks the temperature will be high tomorrow, all scientific forecasts suggest otherwise.

We shall see...
I'm surprised that the spokesman for Islam thinks the temperature will be high tomorrow, all scientific forecasts suggest otherwise. We shall see... notaconspiracy

1:12am Fri 14 Feb 14

STEVEN P MOORE says...

"They are all friends of Mr Majeed, I’m a friend of Mr Majeed, this is such a tight-knit community here. "
Really then I suggest the police search the Mosque immediately. After all it wouldn't be the first time one of these so called relegious buildings have been used to radicalise Jihadist recruits.
"The Muslim community are absolutely outraged by this – tensions are very high. " Well that sounds very much like incitement to violence to me! If the BNP or EDL used similar language their feet wouldn't touch the ground.
If the Muslim community doesn't like the way we do business in our country feel free to clear off to an Islamic Sharia paradise. There are plenty of them.
"They are all friends of Mr Majeed, I’m a friend of Mr Majeed, this is such a tight-knit community here. " Really then I suggest the police search the Mosque immediately. After all it wouldn't be the first time one of these so called relegious buildings have been used to radicalise Jihadist recruits. "The Muslim community are absolutely outraged by this – tensions are very high. " Well that sounds very much like incitement to violence to me! If the BNP or EDL used similar language their feet wouldn't touch the ground. If the Muslim community doesn't like the way we do business in our country feel free to clear off to an Islamic Sharia paradise. There are plenty of them. STEVEN P MOORE

9:07am Fri 14 Feb 14

Skidrow says...

Us infidels are in an invidious position - intervene as we did in Iraq & Afghanistan and get slagged off for doing so or leave them to it a la Syria and get slagged off for doing so. As for the audacity of the coppers asking for a mosque to be used as shelter for Muslims, well, what will they think of next? Saying prayers there?
Us infidels are in an invidious position - intervene as we did in Iraq & Afghanistan and get slagged off for doing so or leave them to it a la Syria and get slagged off for doing so. As for the audacity of the coppers asking for a mosque to be used as shelter for Muslims, well, what will they think of next? Saying prayers there? Skidrow

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