A jihadi terror suspect, who trained the leader of the London 7/7 attacks, was allowed to set up an elementary school in England that is still operating.
Even though Sajeel Shahid, 38, was detained for three months in Pakistan for suspected links to Al Qaeda and was on the radar of British Security Services when he returned to the UK, he was given permission to set up the school. Using the pseudonym Abu Ibrahim, he taught children as young as three years old as the director of the Ad-Deen Primary School in the outskirts of London. Shadid also employed his brother, who also had a history of extremism, as head of the school. The school began operating in 2009.
While in Pakistan, Shadid ran a branch of the banned British jihadi group Al-Muhajiroun, where he taught future terrorist how to make bombs and use rocket-propelled grenades. The Daily Mail reports that one of his “graduates” was Mohammed Siddique Khan, leader of the four suicide bombers who perpetrated the worst terror attack on British soil. In that attack, 52 people were killed in London’s subway system and on a double-decker bus.
Shadid is on record as having advocated violence against British troops. In a December 2001 interview with a UK newspaper, Shahid said, “We say the Pakistan army, navy and air-force should be fighting US and British forces which are killing our Islamic brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. We see the US and British governments as the biggest terrorists in the world.”
In addition, he said Muslims should “throw out their rulers implementing kuffar [infidel] laws to be replaced by the Islamic law and order,” and that “Jihad was the only solution for Muslim lands under occupation.”
In 2010, UK’s Department for Education instituted a Due Diligence and Counter-Extremism Unit in an effort to stop extremists from being involved in education. Still, the school was allowed to operate. The school was even inspected by Ofsted (Britain’s official body for inspecting schools) in 2011 and 2012, who concluded that the school met “all regulatory requirements.”
Since the allegations have been made, the Department for Education has vowed to investigate immediately
Lord Carlile, the UK’s former adviser on counter-terrorism, commented, “It is a matter of real concern that somebody should be able to slip through the net and run a school where there has been substantial concern about his activities in the past. People who have been involved in terrorist activity anywhere in the world should not be allowed to run schools, unless there is the clearest evidence they have rejected the views that made them turn towards terrorism.”
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