Preacher of hate ‘is the source of UK ji­hadis’

Daily Express - - News - By Michael Knowles Home Af­fairs Correspond­ent

HATE preacher An­jem Choudary was last night sin­gled out as the al­leged lead­ing source of Bri­tish ji­hadism.

Us­man Khan, 28, is the 19th Is­lamist ter­ror­ist who has car­ried out an atrocity linked to Choudary.

Khan was a stu­dent and per­sonal friend of the rad­i­cal preacher, who even de­scribed him as a “de­cent young man” af­ter he was con­victed in 2012 of a plot to blow up the Lon­don Stock Ex­change.

Re­search by the Counter Ex­trem­ism Pro­ject re­vealed an­other 18 ex­trem­ists with links to Choudary had car­ried out ter­ror at­tacks.

An­other 50 have at­tempted an atrocity, while 19 have fought, or at­tempted to fight, abroad.

Jus­tice sources con­firmed Choudary is one of the 74 who will have their li­cence con­di­tions re­viewed af­ter the Lon­don Bridge ter­ror at­tack.

Khan’s co-con­spir­a­tors in the stock ex­change plot will be among the first peo­ple re­viewed by counter-ter­ror ex­perts.

Dr Paul Stott, of the Henry Jack­son So­ci­ety, said: “Trac­ing ‘pa­tient zero’ has been the pur­suit of epi­demi­ol­o­gists since cholera spread around Vic­to­rian wells. Un­der­stand­ing where an in­fec­tion comes from is im­por­tant – without elim­i­nat­ing the source, more out­breaks will sprout again.

“If Bri­tish ji­hadism has a pa­tient zero, it is An­jem Choudary, the one-time leader of Al-Muha­jiroun.

“A leader to dozens of young Bri­tish Mus­lims on the fringes of ex­trem­ism, Choudary took many un­der his wing. Once un­der his spell, hate-filled street protests led by Choudary be­came their new nor­mal.

“If the Gov­ern­ment are se­ri­ous about re­view­ing ter­ror­ists re­cently re­leased from prison, they should start with the one in­di­vid­ual, An­jem Choudary.”


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