A former UK soldier who recently converted to Islam sparked a major terror alert back in June when he texted a friend about “killing unbelievers” shortly after the London Bridge attacks.
The Press and Journal reported on a court hearing yesterday regarding an incident on June 8 when Alexander Tiffin, who had traveled to Saudi Arabia and Turkey earlier this year, shocked the panel of his local Mosque when he texted one of its members, Shakibur Khan, a flurry of strange statements about “unbelievers” and saying he was drunk.
Khan described the rant to police.
Fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart said that the 29-year-old Tiffin had converted to Islam less than a year ago. Khan received the texts from Tiffin’s phone number on the day in question at 2:45 a.m.
He added: “The first of these messages indicated that he was drunk, but the third said, “I decided to kill the unbelievables,” followed by a text simply stating, “Unbelievers,” and another saying, “Allahu Akbar.”
“He was alarmed by the terms of these messages. As he was, at that time, at the Masjid (mosque) for first prayers, he asked Tiffin to come to the Masjid to talk, but received no response.
“After discussing the texts with members of the Masjid Committee, and having received a message from one reporting that a red Volvo car such as Tiffin was known to drive had been seen in Inverness, Mr. Khan went to Burnett Road police station to report his concerns.”
Tiffin said the text was the “polar opposite” of his beliefs and that he didn’t recall even sending the text messages.
Mr. Urqhart noted that extensive police review of Tiffin’s background revealed no ties to terrorist organizations and that the “conclusion has been that he was an idiot, not a terrorist.”
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