Islamic leader hails
Chechen attack

By Aaron Klein

A UK-based Islamic extremist movement said that last week’s abduction of Russian children by Chechen terrorists should be repeated in Britain.

Al-Muhajiroun spiritual leader Omar Bakri hailed last week’s attack on a school in southern Russia in which close to 400 people, including many children, were killed, and said that holding women and children hostages would be reasonable for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.

Bakri told The Sunday Telegraph, “If an Iraqi Muslim carried out an attack like that in Britain, it would be justified because Britain has carried out acts of terrorism in Iraq. … As long as the Iraqi did not deliberately kill women and children, and they were killed in the crossfire, that would be OK.”

“The mujahedeen [Chechen terrorists] would not have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians,” said Bakri.

Al-Muhajiroun maintains a branch in Queens, New York that claims to be involved in “only peaceful activities.” The group holds closed-door meetings and study sessions at a mosque in Jackson Heights, Queens, led by an older spiritual cleric identified as a Sheikh Choudray.

The Queens branch youth leader, Abu Yousuf, a U.S. citizen who says he attended a “camp” in Sudan and takes computer courses at the City University of New York, speaks at universities throughout New York City at events usually sponsored by the Muslim Student Association.

At one Al-Muhajiroun event at Queensborough Community College sponsored by the MSA and attended by WND, a Muhajiroun speaker working with Yousuf said, “We reject the U.N., reject America, reject all law and order. Don’t lobby Congress or protest because we don’t recognize Congress! The only relationship you should have with America is to topple it!”

The speaker continued, “The so-called terrorists are the only people who truly fear Allah. … They are the only worthy causes, and the mighty superpower only fears them.”

In a private interview with WND, a Queens-based Al-Muhajiroun leader said he would be “absolutely honored” to give up his life in a “martyr operation” against American civilians. The leader warned that “a jihad is coming to America because of the moves of the Bush administration.”

As WorldNetDaily reported, Al-Muhajiroun announced plans to host a convention in London titled, “The Choice is in Your Hands: Either You’re with the Muslims or with the Infidels,” to celebrate the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Said Bakri: “On this day, we will talk about the ramifications of these [9-11] operations for Afghanistan and Iraq. … We want the world to remember this operation … that lifted the head of the [Muslim] nation.”