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UK: Muslim former soldier sparks major terror alert with ‘killing unbelievers’ text

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“He said the text was ‘the polar opposite’ of his beliefs, could not explain why he sent it and apologised.”

Killing unbelievers is the polar opposite of his beliefs as a Muslim? Nearly every day, Islamic jihadis quote the Quran and tell us otherwise. Why do so many Muslims misunderstand Islam in exactly the same way?

“Former soldier sparks major terror alert with ‘killing unbelievers’ text,” by Sarah Bruce, Press and Journal, August 30, 2017:

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A major terror alert was sparked when a former soldier and Muslim convert referred to killing “unbelievers” in a text message.

Alexander Tiffin, who had been to Saudi Arabia and Turkey earlier this year, sent disturbing text messages to a member of his mosque five days after the London Bridge attack in June.

The recipient, Shakibur Khan, discussed the tirade with other members of the committee and told the police.

But after a thorough police investigation into Tiffin’s background, computer and contacts, it was concluded that he was not a terrorist – but “an idiot”.

Yesterday at Inverness Sheriff Court, Tiffin, of Kilmuir Place, Invergordon. admitted behaving in a threatening manner on June 8.

Fiscal depute Roderick Urquhart described how Tiffin, 29, had converted to Islam less than a year ago. At about 2.45am on the day in question, Mr Khan received a series of text messages from Tiffin’s phone number.

He added: “The first of these messages indicated that he was drunk, but the third said, “I decided to kill the unbelievables”, followed by a text simply stating, “Unbelievers” and another saying, “Allahu Akbar”.

“He was alarmed by the terms of these messages. As he was at that time at the Masjid (mosque) for first prayers, he asked Tiffin to come to the Masjid to talk but received no response.

“After discussing the texts with members of the Masjid Committee and having received a message from one reporting that a red Volvo car such as Tiffin was known to drive had been seen in Inverness, Mr Khan went to Burnett Road Police Station to report his concerns.”…

He said the text was “the polar opposite” of his beliefs, could not explain why he sent it and apologised.

Mr Urquhart explained that extensive police inquiries established no links to terrorist oranisations [sic], adding: “The conclusion has been that he was an idiot, not a terrorist.”…

Defence lawyer Roger Webb said his client was in a wheelchair due to a psychiatric disorder….

Co-founder of the Inverness mosque Waheed Khan said last night: “He had a complex social, medical including mental health backgrounds and he had episodes of mood swings and highs and lows in his life….

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