Video of Bin Laden Slayings – Used for Recruitment in the United Kingdom

Published January 28th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

A video showing Islamic extremists murdering and mutilating “infidels” is being circulated throughout mosques in Britain, as part of a recruiting scheme for Osama bin Laden's worldwide Al Qaeda network, according to the Observer.  

 

The detailed video, which was smuggled into the United Kingdom just days before the September 11 attacks in the United States, shows people having their throats slit off and the massive slaughter of secular forces by a group linked to Bin Laden. 

 

Salafist Group for Preaching and War (GSPC), an extremist Algerian organization backed by the Saudi dissident and expansively regarded as one of the most active and barbarous in its country, produced the video. GSPC supporters then circulated the film in London.  

 

A second video shows graphic footage of Taliban soldiers beheading Northern Alliance opposition forces, following a firefight in Afghanistan. Several other videos showing disgusting scenes are being sold in Britain to raise money for the Islamic “cause”. 

 

Algerians Slaughtered 

 

The video shows a series of operations carried out by the GSPC in Algeria around a year and a half ago. There is footage of the deaths of more than 20 young conscripts in an ambush. After the soldiers’ trucks hit mines laid in a road, the extremists are seen slitting throats and shooting at survivors. Pictures of government troops, some with their skulls shot away and their brains out in the open, are then shown, followed by images of the Islamists praising each other and offering prayers of thanks.  

 

The commentary calls for “holy war until judgment day”, and urges viewers to “kill in the name of Allah until you are killed. Then you will win your place forever in paradise... the war against the Jews and the Christians is being won.”  

 

Algerian security service investigators called the video “an appalling pornographic catalogue of violence” and stated they hoped that those responsible for its distribution would be “swiftly taken out of circulation”. 

 

Britons Seized 

 

The disclosures came as it was made known Saturday that five more Britons had been seized by American forces in Afghanistan and were due to be sent to Camp X-Ray, the special prison set up at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.  

 

With three Britons already being held in Cuba, the detentions confirm strong fears in the intelligence community that Britain serves as a major recruiting center for Muslim radicals ready to fight for Osama bin Laden.  

 

Some of the recruiting videos have been distributed among worshippers at the Finsbury Park mosque in north London. Two British-born al-Qaeda suspects currently held by the Americans have attended sermons at Finsbury Park. 

 

Richard Reid, the suspected “shoe-bomber” tried to blow up a plane destined for Miami and Feroz Abbasi, a student drop-out from Croydon, was captured by the Americans after fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan. His mother claimed he had been “indoctrinated” at the mosque.  

 

The revelations will increase pressure on the UK to crack down harder on the extreme Islamists who have sought shelter in the country.  

 

Middle Eastern governments have criticized Britain for letting extremists base themselves there. Intelligence officers working in London have comprised a list of 200 suspected militants from Algeria alone who are in the UK. Many are believed to be killers. 

 

Mohammed Mustafa Kamel Returns to UK 

 

The son of the controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza returned to Britain Saturday night after serving three years in a Yemeni prison for plotting a bombing campaign, according to Kuwait News Agency. 

 

Mohammed Mustafa Kamel, the son of the Finsbury Park Mosque in North London, Cleric Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Masri was found guilty of plotting to sabotage economic and tourist sites in Yemen in August 1999. At the time he was only 17 years old. 

 

His lawyer, Natalia Garcia stated that he was relieved to be back home after the long ordeal he had suffered. 

 

“He has served a three year sentence for a crime he did not commit, following a clear cut miscarriage of justice which has been acknowledged by the British Government. He will clear his name”, she conveyed. 

 

She added that Kamel’s father, who has caused controversy due to his radical ideas, was not present at the airport to greet his son.  

 

Eight Britons were originally convicted after being accused of involvement in a plot by “Islamic Fundamentalists” to bomb British targets in the Yemeni port of Aden. Four are still serving sentences in Yemen, including Muhsin Ghailan, also 21, thought to be Abu Hamza's stepson. 

 

Spain and France 

 

Security agencies in Spain and France have recently traced links to the UK from al-Qaeda operatives they have arrested. On September 26 last year, six men belonging to a GSPC terrorist cell in Spain were arrested. A militant allegedly trained by Bin Laden led them and had planned hijacks with two suspected al-Qaeda terrorists who were living in Britain. (Albawaba.com) 

 

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