File this under… yea, right:
A suspected suicide bomber who detonated explosives in Stockholm was challenged about his extreme views, a Luton mosque official says.
Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, named by Swedish prosecutors as the bomber, attended Luton Islamic Centre in 2007, but “stormed out” amid criticism.
Chairman Qadeer Baksh said: “In hindsight, maybe I should have spent a bit more time with that person.”
Police are searching a Luton house where Abdaly and his family lived.
Mr Baksh said he dealt with Abdaly four years ago, and that “there must have been something in between” that time and the Stockholm explosions on Saturday that influenced him.
A car, registered to Abdaly, exploded first about 1700 (1600 GMT), and then explosives attached to Abdaly detonated about 10 minutes later a few hundred yards away. Two people were injured in the second explosion.
Swedish officials described the attack as a “failure” as they believe he probably meant to detonate amongst a crowd, either at a railway station or in a department store.
Mr Baksh said it was very rare for the Luton centre, which incorporates a mosque on its premises, to expel any members.
He said when people expressed ideas which were extreme “it’s a matter of dealing with them, challenging their theological basis, and making them realise this is not the Islamic point of view, and is not the way we look at life and the situation of Muslims around the world.”
In all cases, they had succeeded in persuading them not to further their ideas – “except in this particular one,” he said, referring to Abdaly.
We’ll await the BBC follow-on investigation that will look into Mr. Baksh’s assertions.
I’m sure it’s well underway as I write this.