Mayor de Blasio dismantled the counter-terror program that had a number of radical mosques under investigation. Like the Halloween jihad’s mosque, Mayor de Blasio suspended the investigation into this hotbed of jihad terror activity – and the people of New York re-elected him. The people have spoken, and the people will be punished (paraphrasing Mayor Koch after Dinkins won the primary).
According to Fox News, Ullah lived with his mother, sister and two brothers and returned to Bangladesh in September to see his wife and newborn son. Law enforcement sources also told Fox News Ullah had “extensive overseas travel.” Ullah’s uncle, Abdul Ahad, said the suspect mostly remained inside a small apartment in Dhaka’s Hazribagh area when he recently visited Bangladesh. “He went out of his residence to offer prayers at a nearby mosque,” Ahad told The Associated Press….
Ullah attended the Masjid Nur Al-Islam in Kensington, Brooklyn, according to the New York Times. A regular attendee, he “was close to the mosque’s Imam and was often seen with him at afternoon prayers,” the report adds.
Once funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, Masjid Nur Al-Islam appears to be a hotbed of terrorist recruitment.
A former imam at the mosque was under FBI surveillance for some time. He once testified as a character witness for Clement Rodney Hampton-El, or “Dr. Rashid,” who was later convicted in a plot to bomb landmarks throughout New York City.Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, the imam’s son, grew up in the U.S. and went on to become a senior member of al Qaeda. After he fled the country, the Department of State put up a $5 million bounty for information about his location. El-Shukrijumah was later killed in a raid on his location near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Another former attendee of the mosque, Abdul Rasheed, was convicted of plotting to blow up the Holland Tunnel and the United Nations building.
In addition to that, a New York City Policy Department counter-terrorism intelligence document lists five associates of the mosque under a “most dangerous” category, according to the book Enemies Within, which was written by two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.
Lately, mosque leaders have been engaging in sketchy activities, which the NYPD is surely now scrutinizing in the wake of yesterday’s attempted bombing. Just last week, the imam at the mosque shut down the facility and banned anyone from entering the building. (more here)
For years, neighbors have complained for years about the blaring call to prayer.
All terror-tied mosques should be shut. If not that, at the very least, monitored and on 24 CCTV watch.
‘We Assume He Became Radicalized in New York’: NYC Subway Jihadist Attended Terror-Linked Mosque
The failed New York City subway bomber reportedly attended a terrorist-linked mosque in Brooklyn that was once funded by the Saudi government.
In an unsealed “confidential” report on counterterrorism issued by the NYPD’s intelligence unit, the agency designated five individuals linked to the Masjid Nur Al-Islam mosque attended by the NYC terrorist Akayed Ullah as “most dangerous.”
Bangladeshi law enforcement learned from Ullah’s relatives that the 27-year-old terrorist “had shown no sign of being interested in extremism before [moving] to US [sic] with his family in 2011,” reports the Dhaka Tribune.
In the criminal complaint filed against Ullah, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) acknowledged that the terrorist’s radicalization process began at least in 2014 when he came into contact with pro-Islamic State materials online.
In a Facebook post written before the attack, Ullah reportedly wrote a message proclaiming that U.S. President Donald Trump had “failed to protect” America.
Although Ullah was the only one seriously injured in the attack, another five people were also wounded.
“Fortunately for us, the bomb partially detonated,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN. “He did detonate it, but it did not fully have the effect that he was hoping for.”
Dhaka’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit has been collecting information on Ullah through his wife and her parents since the attempted attack on Monday.
“We did not get any information to indicate that he was radicalized in Bangladesh,” determined Mohammad Saiful Islam, the deputy commissioner of CTTC. “We assume that he became radicalized in New York. We are trying to learn more.”
Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry reportedly described the jihadist as a “homegrown U.S. terrorist” when the U.S. State Department asked for information.
Echoing other assessments, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) reports:
Ullah attended the Masjid Nur Al-Islam mosque, known to have many terrorist links and used to be funded by the Saudi Arabian government. Among the members, the son of a former imam at the mosque, Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, became a senior member of al Qaeda and another member, Abdul Rasheed, was convicted for plotting to blow up the United Nations (U.N.) building and the Holland Tunnel.
The Bangladeshi terrorist “was close to the mosque’s Imam and was often seen with him at afternoon prayers,” the New York Times (NYT) learned from a regular attendee identified only as Mohammad.
Early this month, News 12 Brooklyn reported that local Muslims have linked the mosque’s now former imam to corruption and embezzlement.
He “deceitfully” took control of the worshipping facility, known to serve the area’s Bangladeshi community, and shut it down, leaving congregants to pray outside while they attempt to find answers.
News 12 learned from the worshippers that the “former imam stepped down in August after an alleged embezzlement scandal, but not before he transferred ownership of the building to himself.”
The NYC jihadist is not the only member of his family to have attended a suspicious mosque.
Ullah’s brother also reportedly attends a mosque with a history of terrorist associations. Ahsan Ullah was reportedly an attendee of Masjid al-Salam, the same mosque where the infamous blind sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman used to preach. Rahman is considered the mastermind behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Abdel Rahman died in February of this year.
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