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Muslim arrested in Christmas bomb plot ‘only became a devout Muslim a year ago,’ then BOOM

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So therein lies the rub. One never knows when any Muslim may go jihad. In each of these horror stories, secular Muslims become religious, and boom. Literally. And why is that? Because holy war, jihad, is a religious imperative under Islam. It’s not a mental illness. It’s not hijacking. It’s not radical. It is Islam. This is why mosques must be monitored and no foreign funding of mosques should be allowed.

The idea that all of these newly devout Muslims and/or converts somehow misunderstand Islam somehow is absurd and counteractive. How did this “misunderstanding” of islam become so widespread? It’s absurd.

Pictured: The chip shop terror suspect – man held over Christmas bomb plot ‘only became a devout Muslim a year ago’ and his conversion ‘happened overnight’

  • Terror suspect Andy Sami Star came to Britain as an asylum seeker ten years ago
  • Until last year he’d shown no interest in Islam, according to his former girlfriend
  • Previously the 31-year-old would drink glasses of wine and celebrated Christmas
  • Star was arrested on Tuesday at a flat above his Mermaid Fish Bar in Chesterfield
  • He was one of four terror suspects detained in raids in Sheffield and Derbyshire 
  • Joanne Mallinson broke up with Star due to increasingly strident religious beliefs

Andy Sami Star, 31, came to Britain as an asylum seeker ten years ago, passing his British citizenship just three months ago.

Until this last year the ‘charming and friendly’ fish fryer had shown no interest in Islam, according to his former girlfriend, but he then became ‘obsessed with religion’.

Previously he would drink wine and celebrated Christmas, even wearing a Santa-type hat on a Christmas Day trip.

Until this last year, Andy Sami Star had shown no interest in Islam, according to his former girlfriend, but he then became 'obsessed with religion' (shown drinking wine)

Joanne Mallinson, who was in a relationship with Andy Sami Star for around five years, told how she broke up with him due to concerns about his increasingly strident religious beliefs

Star, 31, came to Britain as an asylum seeker ten years ago, passing his British citizenship just three months ago

Star was arrested by counter-terrorism police on Tuesday at the flat above his Mermaid Fish Bar in Chesterfield, where he worked with his brother and handed out copies of the Koran to staff, according to a friend.

He was one of four terror suspects arrested on suspicion of preparing or instigating acts of terrorism in dramatic raids by armed police in Sheffield and Chesterfield.

Police said the four suspects – aged 31, 36, 22 and 41 – remained in custody and detectives have been given until Christmas Day to question them.

Joanne Mallinson, who was in a relationship with Star for around five years, told how she broke up with him due to concerns about his increasingly strident religious beliefs.

‘One day he never prayed and the next day he was going to pray every day and he took it seriously,’ the 33-year-old said.

‘I don’t know why but it literally happened overnight. He said he wanted to change his life and started praying.’

Police vans are pictured today parked up outside the fish and chip shop in Chesterfield

Police (pictured yesterday) descended on the chip shop and are thought to have raided the flat above it

An officer is seen searching above the ceiling of the Mermaid Fish Bar in Chesterfield yesterday following the raids and arrests

Officers smashed windows and doors to gain entry to the properties, such as the Fatima Community Centre on Brunswick Road, in Sheffield

Officers smashed windows and doors to gain entry to the properties, such as the Fatima Community Centre on Brunswick Road, in Sheffield

Restaurant worker Miss Mallinson met Star when she worked with him at a chip shop in Sheffield.

‘He never socialised and spent all his time with me,’ she said. ‘Andy drank wine and beer and showed no interest in religion although he was a Muslim.’

Star’s first name is Hazhar but he called himself Andy after an Armenian singer songwriter. He had grown a beard recently.

Miss Mallinson said Star arrived in the UK from his homeland Iraqi Kurdistan, where he still has family, about ten years ago.

He was later granted indefinite leave to stay and passed his citizenship test three months ago.

The couple saw each other ‘on and off’ until about six months ago, with Miss Mallinson saying that even after his religious transformation Star was ‘very much against Isis’.

Four addresses in Sheffield - with one in the Meersbrook area, two in Burngreave and one in the Stocksbridge area - and another in Chesterfield, are being searched by police. Pictured is the Fatima Community Centre in Sheffield

Police guard an address on Shirebrook Road, Sheffield which was one of the properties raided

Yesterday, police raided a flat at the back of the Fatima Community Centre (pictured today)

Yesterday, police raided a flat at the back of the Fatima Community Centre (pictured today)

But his devotion to religion ultimately broke up their relationship. ‘He totally changed and was not the person I knew anymore,’ she said.

‘I am not a Muslim and I didn’t want to go down that route …Towards the last few months all he would go on about is Islam.’

Miss Mallinson said she was shocked by news of the police raid at the chip shop, as despite her fears about Star she believes he is an unlikely terror suspect, adding: ‘He was everyone’s friend and was always willing to help people, he was very caring.

‘I have been in shock all day.’

Other friends also expressed shock that he was a suspect.

Jordan Batteson, 25, who lives near the Mermaid Fish Bar, said: ‘He was a really nice guy, really friendly. I used to go in there to get my chips. He gave the staff copies of the Koran.’

A close friend of Star said: ‘I can’t believe it … I don’t know what happened, he was a nice guy … I am sure he is innocent.’

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