A British Muslim who raised £140,000 from supporters in England killed himself in Syria while driving a truck full of explosives into an Aleppo prison. The flags of al-Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, were found on the scene.
British police are rightly concerned that other Britons fighting in Syria will return to the U.K. to continue their jihad. The authorities would do well to be concerned also about the use of “charitable” fundraisers in Britain to finance the purchase of weapons and explosives for the battlefronts of the Middle East.
Are Syria charities a front for Jihadists? Fears convoys in the country are being used to help militants after thousands in cash is seized
- Security services fear the relief effort is being hijacked by radical Islamists
- British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majeed travelled to Syria under the banner of carrying out charitable work
- 41-year-old died when he drove a dumper truck full of explosives into the gates of Aleppo prison last week
- He was revealed as a former driver for hate cleric Omar Bakri
- Met Police Commissioner ‘deeply concerned’ at threat posed by British jihadists returning from the war zone after being radicalised there
Charity aid convoys are at the centre of a counter terrorism investigation over fears they are supporting Al-Qaeda militants in Syria.
Tens of thousands of pounds in cash has already been seized from relief vehicles travelling from Britain to the war-torn state.
Security services fear the huge relief effort is being hijacked by radical Islamists determined to support networks of violent jihadists.
Yesterday Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said he remains deeply concerned at the threat posed by returning British jihadists.
‘We have not changed the policy,’ he said. ‘We are concerned about the number of British people going to Syria for humanitarian reasons or to get involved in the war that is happening.
‘There are a few hundred people going out there. They may be injured or killed, but our biggest worry is when they return they are radicalised, they may be militarised, they may have a network of people that train them to use weapons.’
British Home Counties suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, was among those who travelled to Syria under the banner of charitable work.
He joined an aid convoy after his Crawley mosque raised more than £140,000 to help refugees in just a few months.
Volunteers travelled the 2,000 mile journey in a fleet of old ambulances loaded with supplies, including food, bedding and medical equipment.
But Majeed left them to kill himself by driving an armoured dumper lorry laden with explosives into the gates of Aleppo prison last week.
The vehicle was draped in the flags of Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist faction aligned to al-Qaeda and banned in Britain.
Further details of how the father-of-three was radicalised emerged yesterday as hate preacher Omar Bakri revealed he was a close aide.
The cleric, barred from Britain almost nine years ago, said Majeed was a key member of his banned organisation Al-Muhajiroun.
Bakri said he worked as his driver between his North London home and Crawley, where he nurtured a power base of militant supporters…