First British suicide bomber in Syria 'was a driver of the extremist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed'

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A man thought to be the first British suicide bomber in Syria was a driver of the extremist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed, it has been claimed.

Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is suspected of being responsible for driving a lorry into a jail in Aleppo and detonating a bomb last week.

Officials have not confirmed the identity of the bomber amid reports that a UK jihadi, who used the name Abu Suleiman al-Britani, carried out the bombing.

It is thought to be the first time a Briton has staged a suicide attack in the war-torn state, where rising numbers of UK-born extremists have gone to fight.

Counter-terrorism officers have been searching Majeed's home in Martyrs Avenue in Langley Green, Crawley - the ex-home of schoolgirl Sarah Payne's killer Roy Whiting, according to neighbours.

Married father-of-three Majeed, known as Waheed, left Britain six months ago, telling his family he was going on a humanitarian mission to Syria.

Speaking to the Evening Standard from his flat in Tripoli, Bakri described Majeed as "a very dear brother".

He claimed Majeed had been an active student and valued member of the banned extremist Al-Muhajiroun organisation between 1996 and 2004 and was someone who wanted to further the "Muslim cause".

Bakri said Majeed would organise his sermons in Crawley and record the lectures and distribute them.

He said: "He was a good brother. He was someone who was always at hand to help people.

"He wanted to study Islam and wanted to know what it was to be a good Muslim. He was also very interested in the issue of how we could establish an Islamic state."

Sussex Police have said that their investigations were ongoing as tensions in the Crawley Muslim community are said to be high over the issue.

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said: "The inquiries by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit are ongoing and we are closely liaising with them and the community in the town. There has been no formal identification of the man and therefore we cannot confirm who he is or where he is from.

"There has been a lot of media and social media coverage around Syria and we are working with the local community to reassure and engage with them regarding this. We are a community which always pulls together and supports each other.

"We all collectively condemn any acts of terrorism and continue to offer our sympathies to all those affected by the crisis in Syria."

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6:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

clubrob6 says...

My comment wont be classed as politically correct but I cant believe the family of this man did not know anything,im not close to all my family but im sure I would notice if something was not right.
My comment wont be classed as politically correct but I cant believe the family of this man did not know anything,im not close to all my family but im sure I would notice if something was not right. clubrob6
  • Score: 7

7:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Apparently he was going to Syria to do humanitarian work. I can imagine telling my missus I was disappearing off for months without any income to carry out humanitarian work in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.
Don't be silly. Of course people knew it was odd.
A normal family would call him a selfish self centred **** and tell him to organise a jumble sale and coffee morning to raise funds for the Red Crescent.
I don't think anyone falls for this faux surprise anymore.
Apparently he was going to Syria to do humanitarian work. I can imagine telling my missus I was disappearing off for months without any income to carry out humanitarian work in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Don't be silly. Of course people knew it was odd. A normal family would call him a selfish self centred **** and tell him to organise a jumble sale and coffee morning to raise funds for the Red Crescent. I don't think anyone falls for this faux surprise anymore. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 6

9:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

oooiee says...

He's not BRITISH ffs he's a immigrant!! The enemy within
He's not BRITISH ffs he's a immigrant!! The enemy within oooiee
  • Score: 3

10:11pm Fri 14 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Have to say if he was driving the Radical Preacher in the truck with him when it blew up it would have been Humanitarian work
Have to say if he was driving the Radical Preacher in the truck with him when it blew up it would have been Humanitarian work upsidedowntuctuc
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