Britain’s most high-profile Islamist preacher rejected suggestions on Thursday he had influenced the man believed to have shot dead a soldier in Ottawa, but warned there could be similar attacks in Britain from angry radicalized Muslims.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stormed Canada’s parliament building in Ottowa and opened fire, fatally shooting Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning.
Zehaf-Bibeau and another Islamic convert, Martin Ahmad Rouleau, who rammed his car into two Canadian soldiers in Quebec on Monday, appeared to have been influenced by radical British cleric Anjem Choudary, the source told Reuters.
Influence? Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s Twitter account showed he followed several radical preachers including Choudary, who tweeted that he hoped the Quebec attacker would be admitted to heaven
Rouleau’s Twitter account showed he followed several radical preachers including Choudary, who tweeted that he hoped the Quebec attacker would be admitted to heaven.
‘I don’t have any idea who the fellow was yesterday, and there were reports a few days ago the one who ran over a couple of army personnel was following me on Twitter as well,’ Choudary told Reuters. ‘The fact that someone follows you on Twitter does not mean you necessarily influenced him to do anything.’
Choudary’s followers have been connected to a number of militant plots in Britain in recent years and Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who killed British soldier Lee Rigby on a London street last year, had attended protests he had organised.
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