Somali Muslim Cleric Hate
British extremist preacher linked to Lee Rigby killer emerges as head of Islamic State in Somalia
Colin Freeman, chief foreign correspondent
29 APRIL 2016
British extremist preacher linked to the killers of Drummer Lee Rigby
has surfaced in an Islamic State propaganda video as the head of its
new franchise in Somalia.
Sheiky Abdulqadir Mumin, who preached at mosques in London, fled to
Somalia after being investigated by M15 for radicalising young men with
his fiery sermons.
The henna-bearded militant, who burned his British passport on arrival
in Somalia, has now re-emerged in a video shot in northern Somalia in
which he leads a faction pledging allegiance to Isil's Iraqi leader,
In the 15-minute broadcast, he presides over a group of heavily-armed
fighters as they raise the black Islamic State flag and perform
military drills in a remote mountain area.
Mumin's presence in Somalia is likely alarm British security chiefs,
given his alleged record as a recruiter of young Muslim radicals for
the cause of violent jihad in Somalia and elsewhere.
The cleric was a visiting speaker at a mosque in London around
the time it was attended by Michael Adebolajo, one of the two men
jailed for the meat-cleaver murder of Drummer Lee Rigby at Woolwich
Arsenal in 2013.
Mohammed Emwazi, the militant better known as Jihadi John, is understood to have occasionally attended the same mosque.
Somali-born Mumin, who arrived in Britain around ten years ago, is also
believed to have done "outreach" work on the streets of south-east
London, reaching out to troubled youngsters like Adebolajo.
He is understood to have tried to recruit at local "mafrishes" -
meeting places where members of the area's Somali community would
gather to chew the narcotic qhat leaf.
Both Adebolajo and Emwazi made failed attempts to join extremist groups
in Somalia, where Mumin retained strong contacts with radical
In 2010, Mumin also took part in a press conference alongside the
ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg for the charity CagePrisoners,
which was launching a report criticising Western anti-terror tactics in
CagePrisoners's research director, Asim Qureshi, was criticised last
year after describing Emwazi as "a beautiful young man" who had been
radicalised because of mistreatment by the security services.
In similar fashion, Mumin left Britain for good a few months after his
appearance with CagePrisoners, complaining of harrassment by M15.
He then re-appeared in territory controlled by the al-Qaeda allied
al-Shabaab group, where he was seen burning his British passport in a
crowd of supporters in a mosque and dedicating his life to jihad.
A talented speaker who is considered to have an impressive grasp of
Islamist theology, Mumin initially allied himself to al-Shabaab, which
has fought an nine-year-long insurgency against the Somali government,
as well as the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, which
killed 67 people.
After the US killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, he declared: “We will
continue our holy war until we taste death like our brother Osama, or
until we are victorious and rule the entire world."
Mumin is understood to have switched allegiance last year to the
Islamic State, which has been making efforts to co-opt other jihadist
movements around the world, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and the
Taliban in Afghanistan.
While al-Shabaab remains powerful in Somalia, it has come under heavy
pressure from US drone strikes and Western-backed African Union troops.
Dr Cedric Barnes, Horn of Africa Project Director at the International
Crisis Group, told The Telegraph: "Isil's success has grabbed people's
imaginations, and I thik with Mumin, switching allegiance to Isil may
be a case of personal ambition, a chance to challenge al-Shabaab's
"Unlike a lot of radical scholars, he is also said to be well-educated
- he is the real deal as a preacher and that makes him a bit of a
Mumin is now thought to be holed up in the Galgala hills, a desolate
area of keel-shaped mountains and thorny frankincense trees in northern
Somalia Puntland region.
Also notorious as a haven for Somali a pirates, its caves are a favourite hiding place for armed groups and hostages.
While he is believed to have no more than a few hundred fighters at
most at present, his faction is said to be offering monthly salaries of
up to $400, according to the intelligence website IHS Global Insight.
That makes it the highest paying groups in Somalia - an important
factor in a land where many fight for pay rather than principle.
According to Somali intelligence sources, he also has some powerful
co-defectors from al-Shabaab, including Mohamed Dulyadin, a Kenyan
militant believed to have been responsible for last year's attack on
Kenya's Garissa University that left 148 dead.
His first broadcast in support of Islamic State was made last October,
but was a low-key event via audio tape. By contrast, his new video
broadcast appears to have been released by the al-Furat Media
Foundation, a well-known outlet for Isil propaganda.
His main worry, now, however, will not just be avoiding US drone
attacks. Al-Shabaab still sees itself as a loyal affiliate of al-Qaeda,
and has been unleashing its feared secret police, known as the Amniyat,
on anyone suspected of defecting to Isil.
This month set up jihad 'market'
Somali man tells residents God ordered them to kill
09 March 2016
- Campobasso, March 9 - A 22-year-old Somali imam and asylum seeker
arrested Wednesday told fellow residents of a migrant reception centre
in Campobasso that they had to organise a "market" for jihad and God
had ordered them to kill, police said according to transcripts of his
"This month the jihad market is being organised, and the Prophet
prepares soldiers this month against idolaters and fights against the
enemies of God," he reportedly said. "So profit from this month, rush
to be the first. God ordered you to kill his enemies and wage jihad in
his name, preach religion and the sharia and punish the sinner". Having
taken on the role of spiritual guide, police said, at the end of the
ritual teaching he prayed for ISIS and fighters who kill themselves for
says govt will flop
Mogadishu: A hardline Somali cleric with big influence in Mogadishu has said
Muslims will oppose the Horn of Africa's fledgling government because it is
based on anti-Islamic principles.
"A government that does not rule by the book of God does not deserve support,"
Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweis, has said.
Aweis, who is on an American list of most wanted terrorists and runs one of
Mogadishu's powerful sharia courts, said the new interim administration formed
in Kenya in 2004 could not be supported because it was organised on secular
lines. That would clash with the Islamic sharia law that suits the largely
Muslim nation of 10 million people, he argued.
"Such a government will only bring losses because people will clash, hate and
disobey it, and so it will not have authority over them."
The government, led by President Abdullahi Yusuf, relocated to Somalia last year
but has been unable to impose authority and remains based in the provincial town
of Jowhar because of fears over security in the capital, Mogadishu.
unclear how much popular support it can command.
Somalia has been without proper central government since warlords toppled former
dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
Aweis said Islamists would not oppose the government with violence, but doubted
it would have any success.
Aweis resurfaced in 2004 after vanishing amid heightened American scrutiny after
the September 11 2001 attacks. Western security services see Somalia as a
potential safe haven for terrorists.
He runs the Ifka Halanka Islamic court in northern Mogadishu. The courts are the
only source of organised justice for the city's nearly one million people.
A former soldier, Aweis started preaching in the late 1970s and has a burning
desire to see Somalia under sharia law. He said sharia law was Somalia's only
way out of its turmoil and lawlessness.
He urged Yusuf's government to view the Islamists not as enemies but as a
legitimate opposition group. - Reuters
of terror ties
Items compiled from
Tribune news services
Published June 25, 2006
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA -- A
fundamentalist Muslim cleric who is listed by the U.S. as a suspected Al Qaeda
collaborator was named Saturday as the new leader of an Islamic militia that now
controls Somalia's capital.
The militia, which changed its name Saturday to the Conservative Council of
Islamic Courts from the Islamic Courts Union, said it had appointed Sheik Hassan
Dahir Aweys. The U.S. State Department has said Aweys was an associate of Osama
bin Laden in the early 1990s.
The Islamic militia seized control of Mogadishu and much of southern Somalia
from an alliance of warlords earlier this month.
Aweys, a cleric believed to be in his 60s, appears on a U.S. list of individuals
and organizations accused of having ties to terrorism. He went into hiding after
Sept. 11, 2001, and re-emerged last August.
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