Report: London Bridge attacker inspired by Michigan Islamic preacher

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One of the three men responsible for the Islamic terror attack in London Saturday, which killed 7 people and wounded 48, is now reported to have been inspired by a popular and radical Islamic preacher in Dearborn, Michigan.

Khuram Shahzad Butt, 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, and had been featured in a Channel 4 documentary titled, “The Jihadis Next Door,” which aired on British television last year. He was shot and killed by police Saturday night after he and two other terrorists mowed down innocent victims on the London Bridge, then jumped out of their vehicle and started stabbing people.

Butt was reportedly a follower of al-Muhajiroun, a British extremist group supportive of ISIS, and went by the name of “Abz” or “Abu Zaitun” at the group’s meetings.

According to testimony from a former friend, Butt also received his inspiration for terror from watching YouTube videos of a radical Islamic preacher located in Dearborn, Michigan – Ahmad Musa Jibril.

The Telegraph reported:

Khuram Shahzad Butt

The friend told the BBC’s Asian Network that the terrorist had been radicalized watching videos of the infamous American hate preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril.

He said: “We spoke about a particular attack that happened and like most radicals he had a justification for anything and everything and that day I realized I needed to contact the authorities.”

He added: “He used to listen to a lot of Musa Jibril. I have heard some of this stuff and it’s very radical. I am surprised this stuff is still on YouTube and is easily accessible. I phoned the anti-terror hotline. I spoke to the gentleman. I told him about our conversation and why I think he was radicalized.”

However, he said he was not arrested and was allowed to keep his passport. “I did my bit, I know a lot of other people did their bit, but the authorities did not do their bit,” the friend said.

Who is Ahmad Musa Jibril

Jibril, 46, is a U.S. citizen living in Dearborn, Michigan, who spent almost six years in prison for fraud and is well-known for his sympathies for terrorists and his large collection of radical Islamic videos on YouTube.

He was born in the U.S., the son of Palestinian immigrants, and spent part of his childhood in Saudi Arabia while his father studied as the Islamic University there. He returned to the U.S. and graduated from high school in 1989, then went back to Saudi Arabia and received a degree in Islamic Law (Sharia) from the Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, and also attended a Michigan law school.

Jibril and his father had a website in the late 1990s known as AlSalafyoon.com (now off line) that included a collection of radical sermons and material that promoted jihad.  The website also included a poem praising Osama bin Laden.

The poem reportedly read: “Yes, you’re neither Sheikh Osama [Bin Laden] nor Mullah Umar [Omar, leader of the Talban], but, don’t forget you’re a[n] Ummat of fighter Apostle. Why are you waiting go and thrust, in the lines of enemies and have them crushed. Hit them on the neck and send them to hell, if you’re killed, you’ll be received There well. Give them a knife and a bulletful [sic] of gun … Fight, fight, and Fight, it must be our aim.”

In 1996 Jibril sent a fax to CNN in which he claimed responsibility for bombing the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. His fax stated, “The first and main goal behind this first series of bombing is to kick the Jews, Christians and Infidels from the purified lands of the Arabian peninsula… There will be a series of bombings that will follow no matter how many lives of ours are taken.” However, prosecutors could never find proof that he was actually behind the bombing.

In September 2003, FBI agents raided the Dearborn, Michigan home of Ahmad Musa Jibril and his father, Musa Abdallah Jibril, confiscating terroristic evidence, firearms, knives, computers, cell phones, blank passports, fake voter IDs and details on money transfers to bank accounts in Syria.  During the raid, young Jibril made an unsuccessful attempt to escape out a bedroom window.

Agents also confiscated a “family photo album” that was filled with pictures of Ahmad Jibril dressed as a mujahid, as well as photos of young children holding real weapons and pretending to shoot each other.

At the time of the FBI raid, Ahmad Jibril was “actively engaged in holding religious classes” at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan in Detroit. He was also a “disciple and strong supporter” of Shaykh Salman Al-Awdah – someone Osama Bin Laden had lauded as a “personal hero.” Jibril was reportedly in direct contact with Al-Awdah.

In 2005, Ahmad Jibril was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison, and his father, 4 years and 10 months, on charges of conspiracy, identity fraud, and money laundering, including defrauding six local banks of over $250,000.

Jibril was released from prison on probation in 2012, and then amassed a huge social medial following, with over 43,000 Twitter followers, and a Facebook page with 247,000 likes.  In April 2014, researchers discovered that Jibril’s Twitter account was followed by 60 percent of foreign fighters in Syria, and a federal judge blocked his social media access in June 2014.

However, that did not stop his videos from being posted to YouTube, and a new Facebook page also emerged that still posts the videos of his radical sermons, with over 15,000 followers.

No new videos have been posted to Jibril’s YouTube account in two years, but YouTube has left the large collection of radical sermons untouched and available.

The Daily Mail reported that since word got out that he was the inspiration behind London attacker Khuram Shahzad Butt, Jibril has suddenly vanished from his Dearborn, Michigan home, and his mother and sister, who live only a few blocks away, have also disappeared.

 

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