Brother of Crawley suicide bomber hails him as a hero

Hafeez Majeed

Hafeez Majeed

First published in News

The brother of a Sussex man who blew himself up in Syria claims he should be regarded as a hero and not a terrorist.

Abdul Waheed Majeed from Crawley drove a truck full of explosives into Aleppo Prison in an attack that freed 300 inmates.

His brother Hafeez Majeed, speaking to BBC’s Newsnight, said that his family wanted to challenge the idea that the attack represented a threat to the UK.

He said he believed the 41-year-old father-of-three died trying to save Syrian people, who were being tortured in the Assad regime’s prisons.

“If my brother had been a British soldier and there were British people in that prison and the act of heroism or bravery that he did, I know he would have been awarded the posthumous Victoria Cross,” Mr Majeed told the BBC’s Newsnight.

“My brother was not a terrorist. My brother was a hero. My brother paid the full price with his life for what he did. He was not a threat to the British public and never has been a threat to the British public.”

Father-of-three Abdul Waheed Majeed left for Syria in July last year on an aid convoy to the Turkish border but missed two chances to return, the latest in January.

Arif Syed, an Islamic community leader in Crawley, said: “We have made our position clear in the past and that hasn’t changed.

“We condemn any act of terrorism anywhere in the world, regardless of religion.

“We are totally against killing innocent people.”

And Crawley MP Henry Smith is urging his constituents not to travel to the war-stricken Middle East.

He said: “I think it’s really important to reiterate the message that it’s very dangerous to travel to Syria and what’s worse is there is a chance people can become radicalised, which is an issue I have raised in the House of Commons.

“I also think the local authorities, the police and the Home Office need to step up their preventative strategies to identify those people at risk of becoming radicalised so that they can be supported.

“I don’t think it’s a wider problem – I think these are narrow and isolated incidents, but nonetheless one incident is a problem.

“This is not something we should be complacent about.”

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7:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers?
So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers? Maxwell's Ghost
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7:54pm Wed 12 Mar 14

nosolution says...

According to the Telegraph 16 may 2013 when inmates were being shot then thrown out of windows by prison guards "The prison was for regular criminals, the local FSA (free Syrian army) leader, Jaber Abu Madian, said, but that political prisoners had been taken there in recent months. He feared it was these men who were being killed "
According to the Telegraph 16 may 2013 when inmates were being shot then thrown out of windows by prison guards "The prison was for regular criminals, the local FSA (free Syrian army) leader, Jaber Abu Madian, said, but that political prisoners had been taken there in recent months. He feared it was these men who were being killed " nosolution
  • Score: 0

9:11pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Crawley MP Henry Smith said: “I think it’s really important to reiterate the message that it’s very dangerous to travel to Syria and what’s worse is there is a chance people can become radicalised" - in other words, don't go there because if you do you'll probably get blown up by a nutter - and even worse, that nutter could be you. He should get a job with Syria's tourist board.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said: “I think it’s really important to reiterate the message that it’s very dangerous to travel to Syria and what’s worse is there is a chance people can become radicalised" - in other words, don't go there because if you do you'll probably get blown up by a nutter - and even worse, that nutter could be you. He should get a job with Syria's tourist board. Roundbill
  • Score: 5

1:51am Thu 13 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers?
but remember maxwell he is a hero ,such a hero he left his children to grow up fatherless a wife with out a husband ,he did all this knowing full well that the uk taxpayer will pick up the bill to raise and keep his family ,a real good guy
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers?[/p][/quote]but remember maxwell he is a hero ,such a hero he left his children to grow up fatherless a wife with out a husband ,he did all this knowing full well that the uk taxpayer will pick up the bill to raise and keep his family ,a real good guy whatevernext2013
  • Score: 4

9:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

john5001 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers?
just sounds like a lot normal muslins but you missed out wife beaters ,preteen rapist and you don't want to know what they do to animals , 97 % of Egypt girls have been clitoridectomized . I want the knights Templers to come back
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: So he freed prisoners. Who were the prisoners? Child murderers, rapists, perverts, killers?[/p][/quote]just sounds like a lot normal muslins but you missed out wife beaters ,preteen rapist and you don't want to know what they do to animals , 97 % of Egypt girls have been clitoridectomized . I want the knights Templers to come back john5001
  • Score: 1

11:21am Thu 13 Mar 14

gingedave says...

fruit loops spring to mind.... all because of being brain washed... oh yeah of course a hero ... they would say that....
fruit loops spring to mind.... all because of being brain washed... oh yeah of course a hero ... they would say that.... gingedave
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Thu 13 Mar 14

angrymonkey says...

why are people like this living in uk its worrying. a hero would be a man looking after his family not running off to blow self up leaving them to look after self.
Not much between him and a dad just jumping under a train leaving loved ones behind low life fool.
why are people like this living in uk its worrying. a hero would be a man looking after his family not running off to blow self up leaving them to look after self. Not much between him and a dad just jumping under a train leaving loved ones behind low life fool. angrymonkey
  • Score: 0

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