Intelligence sources have confirmed Indian Engineer from Bangalore Kafeel Ahmed as the driver of the truck in the failed terror attack on Glasgow Airport. He is presently in hospital with 90% burn injuries.
Another first to India’s credit.. the first Indians involved in terrorism outside India!
The myth that terrorism had as its breeding ground illiteracy and poverty is now shattered. Multiculturalism, education and extremism are terms which behoove serious analysis in this volatile scenario.
Kafeel Ahmed, the man who made a deadly leap of faith from an engineer to a terrorist. He is believed to have left a suicide note.
Media reports in the UK say Kafeel Ahmed was very sure about himself. He may be battling for his life, having suffered 90% burns while carrying out the failed attack – but he was ready to die. In fact, Kafeel had left a suicide note at his house before crashing a jeep loaded with crude bombs into Glasgow Airport.
Kafeel’s links with a senior al Qaeda operative are also been looked at. He is believed to have been radicalized by extremist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2004, when he was doing research at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Prior to this, Kafeel came in touch with one of al Qaeda’s top bomb makers, Abbas Boutrab. He met Boutrab in Belfast while studying for a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering at Queen’s University between 2001 and 2004. Boutrab was later arrested in Belfast, and is currently serving a six-year jail term.
The involvement of Kafeel and his younger brother Sabeel has come as a shock, if reports are to be believed to their neighbours. On hindsight however, their clues provide the vital links.
Worshippers at the Hazrat Tippu mosque, opposite the family’s house, say the first indication that the brothers may have taken to radicalism was in 2001, before Kafeel’s first trip to the UK.
“The mosque had been decorated for Id with lights. The sons of Dr Maqbool Ahmed objected to the lights saying it is un-Islamic,” said mosque secretary Samiullah. “We told them not to come around with such messages again. After that they stayed off.”
He said the two brothers, brought up in the strict Deoband way of life by their father, were also unhappy that the mosque authorities did not object to worshipping at dargahs. The brothers also reportedly joined the radical Tableeghi Jammat.
“Then the elder son went abroad. The younger son became a doctor and was helping his doctor parents run a nursing home in Bismillah Nagar. That was around two years ago,” said Samiullah. “Then Dr Maqbool began displaying signs of mental illness and they decided to sell the hospital. The younger son also went abroad.”
When the seed is sown , fruit will ripen. The question is how does the interpretation of the Koran then assimilate so deeply in apparently progressive minds, to justify murder by the thousands, which it might have resulted in had the plot not failed.
Is alienation the trigger for subversive methods of retribution to gain foothold? If so, then in this day and age where individual accomplishment gains precedence over every other sense of achievement, why is that the Islamic sect, more than any other, has resorted to barbarities almost neanderthal in their application? The Koran has 164 verses on ‘Jihad’. .as appeared number one when googled.
Read through to get an idea. Needless to quote it might endanger the purpose of this post by misrepresenting the core issue. One does not wish to label and generalise. This causes resentment and will only proliferate alienation/victimisation which might have been the catalyst in the first place.
The question is how does one successfully cause attrition of terroristic activities? Its not possible for the world to morph into one which conforms to terrorist demands. We can at best hope that basic underlying causes are unearthed, investigated, analysed and healed.
# Youth radicalization, especially the educated in fields of engineering and computers, indoctrinated with jihadi sentiments is a growing number .
# Moderate voices cannot afford the luxury to be unconcerned/apathetic by keeping their silence. If Islam is not only about jihad and texts that instigate violence, then they ought to make their opinion known or forever accept ‘Islamophobia’ as a ground reality.
#Scholars steeped in the teaching of Koran and its moderate interpretation urgently need to emphasise the context of the Jihadi texts, written in times when Islam had yet not gained foothold. Therefore the need to defend its tenets and its teachings from being annihilated forever led to militant verses which glorified killings as the ‘Word Of Allah’. It is paramount that this be instilled in youth that times have changed. Islam is the largest sect in the world and therefore those portions need not be interpreted in its entirety if not considered redundant.