FUGITIVE terrorism suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed may have been linked to a plot to bomb the London Olympics and stage a Westgate-style massacre at Eton College, security officials believe.
By: James Fielding Published: Sun, November 10, 2013
The 27-year-old, who is on the run after slipping out of a mosque disguised in a burka, is closely associated with an Al Shabaab sleeper cell known as the London Boys. Documents presented to the High Court last year revealed the security services had stopped the cell carrying out a suicide blast at the Olympic Park in London.
The cell included another Somali man known as CF, who, the court papers said, was tracked by police crossing the Olympic Park five times in one day last June in what was thought to be a scouting mission for an attack during the Games. The chilling disclosure came as Mohamed, referred to in court as CC, together with CF challenged a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure, or TPim, made against them. Lord Justice Jones described the case against Mohamed, who was accused of supplying Al Shabaab with money and manpower, as "overwhelming" and said he may be "more deeply involved in the terrorism-related activity of the network than CF".
Equally worrying is the fact that the London Boys were also connected to planned attacks on Eton College and top London hotels. Leaked US files said a Somali cell in Britain was trained by Al Qaeda's African leader, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a close associate of "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite, at a camp in Mogadishu in 2006.
Blueprints outlining attacks on British targets were found in Fazul's possession when he was killed in a gunfight at a police checkpoint in Mogadishu on June 8, 2011. They included a plot to massacre children and parents at an Eton College open day and a similar attack on a Jewish school in north London.
Another plan involved storming and burning the Ritz and Dorchester hotels in central London. The plans are reminiscent of the shooting spree at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, in which 61 civilians were murdered by Al Shabaab militants. Mohamed is thought to have fought alongside the Somali terror group after travelling to the country in 2007. He was detained there with another man in January 2011 before being brought back to Britain in March of that year.
The TPim was issued against him when he returned. He was tagged, told to report regularly to police and subjected to restrictions on foreign travel, and use of the internet and mobile phones. Scotland Yard have refused to confirm if Mohamed was watched as he attended the An-Noor Masjid Mosque and Community Centre in Acton, west London, last Friday. However, the Sunday Express has been told that police surveillance teams would almost certainly have been operating.
Mohamed arrived at the mosque at 10am wearing Western clothes and was seen inside at 3.15pm. Security cameras later recorded him leaving dressed in a burka. Two police teams were likely to have been watching him.
In another blunder, the tag attached to Mohamed's ankle was only operating from 6pm to 6am. He had plenty of time to slip the net before anyone noticed he had removed or tampered with his tag.
Criminal justice expert Harry Fletcher said: "All tagging does is tell you whether the wearer is at home or not. "Tagging normally operates from dusk until dawn, it's therefore easy to beat the tag and disappear during non-monitoring hours. "If the wearer is to abscond they will always have a head start before the police and authorities are alerted. As far as surveillance is concerned, it's a scarce resource limited to suspected terrorists."
A warrant was issued for Mohamed's arrest on Friday after he failed to attend the Old Bailey for proceedings concerning alleged breaches of the TPim and a previous control order. His legal team said he had been granted legal aid to sue the Government for torture in Somalia. He claims he was hooded, assaulted and subject to mock execution by Somali guards and MI6 agents. Mohamed is now thought to be lying low in London or Birmingham.
Before his disappearance he was seen regularly on the South Acton Estate, about half a mile from the An-Noor Masjid mosque. He is said to have visited a friend who lived in Charles Hocking House, a large block of flats on the estate, dubbed "Mini-Mogadishu" because of the Somali families living there. One resident, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "I've lived on the estate for a long time. When I saw Mohammed's picture in the paper, I instantly recognised him. "He grew up around here. He was part of a group of four friends, Somali boys, who used to hang around together. I remember there was something about him that was different, he always seemed very cagey as though he was up to something. "However, he was not someone who seemed to be overly religious, not in his younger years anyway. "He wore western clothes, except on Friday afternoons, when he had come back from the mosque after prayers. Sometimes when I passed Mohammed and his friends I'd smell the scent of cannabis. "Other times I would see him accompanied by an older Somali man, he was tall and had a beard that was dyed orange. Apparently he was his mentor. The last time I saw Mohammed was six months ago, outside a row of shops and a housing office."
Original article: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/442162/Escaped-terrorist-suspect-Mohammed-A hmed-Mohamed-is-linked-to-Olympic-Games-bomb-plot