Sri Lankan suicide bomber ‘was radicalised by Anjem Choudary’


Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, 37, was the link between Islamic State and the bombers, according to security services.


Jameel Mohamed suspected to be one of the ringleaders of the atrocity in Sri Lanka, had intended to detonate a bomb at the luxury Taj Samudra hotel in the Sri Lankan capital, but instead, he blew himself up by accident near a much smaller guest house, the New Tropical Inn, killing two people.

The bombs detonated by the other terrorists killed 359 people – including eight Britons – and injured more than 500.

  The link to hate preacher Choudary was brought to light by Mohamed’s sister;

When I asked him how he got into this… he said that he attended the sermons of the radical British preacher Anjem Choudary in London. He said he met him during the sermons.’

My brother became deeply, deeply religious while he was in Australia,” Ms Hidaya said. “He was normal when he went to study in Britain but when he came back via Australia after he did his postgraduate degree, he came back to Sri Lanka a different man.

“He had a long beard and had lost his sense of humour. He became serious and withdrawn and would not even smile at anyone he didn’t know, let alone laugh.

I would have laid money on his having met undesirable people at the University of Kingston just outside London; that university is known for its jihadist speakers”.

Jameel studied aeronautical engineering at Kingston University, London from 2006-7.

She also claimed that he ‘created tension’ by berating his family for their religious lapses. ‘He told male relatives off for trimming their beards and became angry and totally crazy. So I just stopped speaking to him because it got to the point where it was getting out of hand.

Choudary is considered one of the UK’s most notorious hate preachers.

The Choudary-led extremist group al-Muhajiroun was outlawed by the Government following the 2005 7/7 attacks on London but it has continued to operate under a number of different images.

The father of five spent three years of a five-and-a-half year sentence in prison after he was detained in 2016 under terror laws for his encouragement to Muslims to join Isis.

Choudary is considered one of the UK’s most notorious hate preachers.

The hate preacher, who has himself received £140,000 in legal aid, supposedly inspired the two killers, Michael Adebalajo, 34, and Michael Adebowale, 28 who murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby in London in May 2013.