An extremist Muslim preacher who is said to have played role in radicalizing the murderers of soldier Lee Rigby has attempted to justify the killing of those fighting jihadis in Syria and Iraq. Omar Bakri Muhammad, who was known as the Tottenham Ayatollah, has been openly using Facebook to say that it is sometimes necessary to kill women and children sheltering in schools and hospitals.
UK Daily Mail Bakri, who is banned from Britain and is facing terrorism charges in Lebanon, has been blamed for radicalizing several young extremists, including the killers of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. His posts on the social media site come just days after several websites were criticized for not raising the alarm about extreme messages posted by one of the killers of British soldier Lee Rigby in the six months before his death.
On his account, which has now been deleted from Facebook, he the made a post under the title ‘killing women and children.’ According to the Sunday Telegraph, he wrote that even though this was not usually permitted, he added: ‘One must distinguish between killing women and children and the Mujahideen fighting the Kuffar (non-believers) wherever they find them, whether that be in a school or hospital or elsewhere.’
He also added that the Mujahideen must kill people who do not believe in the extreme version (actually, it is the only version) of Islam, ‘wherever they find them’. A Facebook spokesman told the newspaper they don’t comment on individual cases but added they do not permit terrorist material on their site.
Bakri, believed to be 54 now, was previously the London-based spiritual leader of the extremist Islamic group Al-Muhajiroun. He previously live in London and was under investigation by UK police after he called for young British Muslims to take up arms and join Al Qaeda.
On the London bombings it was also reported that Bakri referred to the four suicide bombers who killed 56 people on July 7 as ‘the fantastic four’. He said the British people were to blame for the terror attacks on the capital because they ‘did not make enough effort to stop its own government committing its own atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan’.