Authorities Say Mosque was Radicals' Haven

(Boston Globe) Charles M. Sennott - Ibrahim Muktar Said and Hassan Omar, who are being held in connection with the July 21 London bombing attempts, attended the Finsbury Park mosque, taking in the fiery sermons last year of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical cleric who has openly called for jihad, or ''holy war," against infidels. The two were also seen at the mosque this March, handing out leaflets opposing leaders of the moderate Muslims who had reclaimed the mosque from Masri and other radicals. British counterterrorism officials say the mosque became a ''gateway" where young Muslims are recruited to more radical causes. There are at least a dozen such mosques in Britain, investigators say, as well as similar mosques in Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, and other European cities, where it is taught that Muslims are suffering at the hands of the ''Zionist-Crusader alliance."

2005-08-04 00:00:00

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