Preacher of hate ‘is the source of UK jihadis’
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.”