Anti-terrorist officers investigating who recruited Nasser Muthana to join Isis raid address in Midlands
Anti-terror police staged co-ordinated raids connected to an “ongoing Syria-related investigation” last week as the authorities investigate links between the Cardiff jihadis and a suspected jihadi recruiter in the West Midlands.
Officers from the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit raided addresses in King’s Heath, south Birmingham, and Maida Vale, London, on Wednesday.
The raids came after The Telegraph disclosed that Nasser Muthana, one of the Cardiff youths in the jihadi propaganda video released 10 days ago, travelled from the Welsh capital to Gatwick Airport via Coventry, an unusually circuitous route.
Coventry is about 10 miles from King’s Heath. Three teenagers from Coventry – Ali Kalantar, 18, Rashed Amani, 19, and Mohammed Hadi, also 19 – have disappeared from their homes this year and are believed to be fighting with Isis jihadis in Syria. Another half-dozen or so youths in the city are believed to be at risk.
The London address raided is that of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, an extremist former rapper who left last year to join the fighting in Syria. Using the name Abu Kalashnikov, Bary has encouraged others to join the jihad in the country. No arrests were made in either raid. A police spokesman said it was in connection with an “ongoing Syria-related investigation”.
The developments come as a new picture emerged of Reyaad Khan, one of the Cardiff jihadis, at the hardline Al-Manar mosque in the city, which local Muslims accuse of helping to radicalise the men. The mosque, where Khan and Muthana worshipped, holds frequent sessions with extremist preachers, including one closely linked to al-Qaeda, Muhammad Mustafa al-Muqri.
Another hardliner in Cardiff believed to have been in contact with at least one of the boys is Sajid Idris, also known as Abu Hajar, the local leader of a number of groups supporting the banned organisation Al-Muhajiroun. The groups have used a number of different names, including Islamic Path, Supporters of Tawheed and the Islamic Dawah Association, the last of which was banned last week under anti-terror laws as a front for Al-Muhajiroun.
Before they were deleted last week, videos on the group’s YouTube channel showed Idris handing out leaflets in Cardiff city centre and attempting to recruit students near the city’s university. Muthana is believed to have joined some of the leafleting sessions.
Last month on his Twitter account, also now deleted, Idris posted strong support for Al-Muhajiroun’s deported leader, Omar Bakri Mohammed.
Idris is a postman and sources in the Muslim community in Cardiff said he was given space on Royal Mail premises to pray and hold meetings, though the company was not available to confirm this.
A number of sources in Cardiff’s Muslim community said they believed that al-Muhajiroun had played only a subsidiary role in the radicalisation of the youths and that al-Manar had been where they spent more time.
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