UK suicide bomber hated homosexuals
In February 2012, Kabir Ahmed was jailed for distributing threatening written material to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. On Friday the 30-year-old Muslim zealot reportedly died while carrying out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Ahmed’s 15-month sentence followed a trial which heard how he and two other men handed out hate leaflets. These showed a mannequin hanging from a tree next to the words: “Death Penalty?” in relation to gay people. He was also convicted of holding up homophobic placards and chanting at revellers at Derby’s Gay Pride procession:
We hope you die of AIDS!
The attack by Ahmed on a convoy of police in the town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, was strongly condemned by the leader of Derby City Council.
Ranjit Banwait said the dead man’s family have been left “shattered and devastated by this act of tragedy”.
Ahmed left the UK to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State around a year ago.
This is an act of cowardice, barbarism and evil by this individual which has no place in any society. It has been brought about by an ideology prompted by evil and this must be dealt with.
When this individual’s family originally came to this country, they would have had ambitions and aspirations and this person has left that shattered and devastated by this act of tragedy.
I believe the community, as a whole, has a collective responsibility to work with the authorities, community leaders and councillors to identify vulnerable people in a similar position to this individual at an early stage, to eradicate it happening again.
The blast killed Lt Gen Faisal Malik Zamel, who was inspecting forces in the town, and seven other police officers – while wounding 15 people, hospital staff and police officers.
Margaret Beckett, the MP for Derby South, which covers the part of the city where Ahmed formerly lived, said:
This has come as news to me and very sad news at that. I felt very sorry in the first instance for learning that he went to fight with people who commit these terrible atrocities.
And I feel sorry for his family that this has happened to him – and that he was misled by the people who he chose to go and fight with.
It was in July when Ahmed was unmasked by the Derby Telegraph as a man boasting on the BBC Panorama programme about wanting to become a suicide bomber for IS.
He appeared on the show saying he was “trying to get his name moved up the list” of potential bombers. On the programme, he said:
Everybody has got their name on the list (to become a suicide bomber) and everyone is forcing the Amir to push their name up. Everyone wants to fight for the sake of Allah.
If the British Government commits terror against our people, is unjust towards our people, kills and murders and rapes our people, then you can expect attacks on your soil.
If you don’t leave our Muslim brothers around the globe, and mind your own business, and support our enemies against us, then you can expect these attacks – and so can America and so can any other country.
In a subsequent article published by the Sunday Mirror, the newspaper claimed he left his wife and three children in Derby to go to a training camp in Syria.
That article claimed that Ahmed had spoken to a internet station, telling them his life with the terror group was “better than that game Call of Duty”.
Readers of the Derby Telegraph’s online website and Facebook page expressed their thoughts on the alleged death of Ahmed.
Mark Cranage said:
Deserved all he got. He lived in this country, therefore should have been loyal to his country. If he then decided we’re not good enough for him, then good riddance.
Sara Limbert said:
Yes it’s disgusting what he did or intended to do but people need to remember he has a family too, who could be very innocent in all of this and will be grieving (after this) loss.
And Zara Adam said:
First of all, Islam does not condone bombing yourself and others. Before you judge the religion over one person’s mistake, don’t. ISIS has nothing to do with Islam either. Islam is a peaceful religion.
Prior to being radicalised, Ahmed worked for the Asian Advisory Service in Normanton, working with elderly people as a care link operator.
He attended Derby Moor School, before doing media studies at Wilmorton College in the city.
However, he denied the leaflets had been created to spread hatred against gay people.
My intention was to do my duty as a Muslim, to inform people of God’s word and to give the message on what God says about homosexuality. My duty is not just to better myself but to try and better the society I live in.
We believe we can’t just stand by and watch somebody commit a sin. We must try and advise them to stay away from sin.
He and several cohorts produced and distributed two other leaflets – “God Abhors You” and “Turn Or Burn”. A fourth leaflet, called “Dead Derby”, was found but not circulated.
Two other Muslims – Ihjaz Ali and Razwan Javed – were convicted along with Ahmed.
Hat tip: M A Chohan