This from Times Online:
THE ringleader of the July 7 suicide bombers converted to violent jihadism at least six years before he blew himself up on the London Underground, his brother has revealed in his first interview.
Gultasab Khan, a taxi driver from Beeston, Leeds, disclosed that Mohammad Sidique Khan had visited the family’s spiritual adviser in 1999 and told him he wanted to travel to Afghanistan to train for jihad (holy war).
Gultasab Khan’s revelation of his younger brother’s long process of radicalisation, published in next month’s Prospect magazine, goes far beyond the sketchy information that has previously emerged.
He describes how in the mid 1990s Sidique Khan converted to wahhabism, the fundamentalist strain of Islam espoused by the September 11 hijackers. From there he moved into the ranks of violent jihadists – before the 2001 attacks on America or the Iraq invasion two years later.
“It was around 1999,” said Gultasab Khan, 38. “Before that it wasn’t about whether he was going down the route of being a jihadi, it was about him becoming a wahhabi.”
The account has been confirmed by others who knew Sidique Khan in Yorkshire. The picture that has emerged shows that not only Sidique Khan’s family, but also dozens of people in the area knew he was a potentially violent fundamentalist years before July 7, 2005, when he blew himself up on board a Tube train at Edgware Road. Khan killed six people and his three fellow bombers killed a further 46.
This shows how neglecting the Muslim community is to rooting out radicals in their midst.
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