Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Muslims from London Mosque Are Killed in Yemen War

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Muslims from London Mosque Are Killed in Yemen War

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Byline: Tom Harper

TWO British Muslims from a mosque near Heathrow airport have been killed fighting beside Islamist militants in Yemen.

Adil Malik, from Hounslow, and a friend called Hisham died during the Arab nation's increasingly bloody civil war in mountains near the town of Dammaj.

Malik, 24, a former accountancy student from Brunel University, went to Yemen four years ago to study the Koran at a madrassa.

His father praised his son as a "shaheed" - a martyr -- and said he had inspired his entire family to take their religion more seriously.

The news of his death comes 24 hours after MI5's director general Jonathan Evans said Yemen was now a training ground for British "wouldbe jihadis".

Malik and Hisham both attended a small mosque under the Heathrow flightpath at Cranford -- also occasionally attended by Asif Hanif, Britain's first suicide bomber, who killed himself in a 2003 Tel Aviv bar attack. An imam at the mosque said he did not agree with terrorism but would not discourage his congregation from going to Dammaj, which is a wellknown seat of learning for fundamentalist "salafi" Islam. …

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