Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SADIQ'S AIDE IN ONLINE STORM QUITS; HE POSTS PHOTOS OF HIMSELF WITH GUN AND BOASTS 'I'M A SECRET HITMAN'; Sadiq Aide Posing with a Rifle and Joking

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SADIQ'S AIDE IN ONLINE STORM QUITS; HE POSTS PHOTOS OF HIMSELF WITH GUN AND BOASTS 'I'M A SECRET HITMAN'; Sadiq Aide Posing with a Rifle and Joking

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Jamie Micklethwaite EXCLUSIVE

AN AIDE to Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan resigned today after the Evening Standard found pictures of him brandishing a gun and joking he could be a hired "hitman".

Shueb Salar, 24, had already been suspended from his role as a parliamentary assistant to Mr Khan after he posted offensive sexist and homophobic tweets. Now he has quit after an online video emerged of him posing with a rifle and bragging Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 in online posts about spending a weekend "shooting stuff with real guns, knives, crossbows and bow and arrows". He added joke comments #ShoutMeIfYouWantMeToTakeCareOf-Someone, #I'mASecretHitman and #I'llMakeItLookLikeAnAccident. He also added emoticon symbols showing a knife, pistol and a thumbs up.

Mr Salar was suspended yesterday after it was revealed he posted tweets that referred to "hoes" and "f***ing faggots". The latest revelation came days after the House of Commons staged a special debate over a surge in teenage gang shootings and stabbings in London.

One rifle Mr Salar posed with was styled like a military assault weapon with a magazine and telescopic sight, although it appeared to be an airgun which anyone can buy without a licence.

The images were taken in the autumn at a shooting range and posted on his Instagram page with the hashtags about being a hitman. A video showed him loading the rifle before taking aim and firing at an unseen target. Mr Salar's Instagram page carried the message: "I'll follow you back if you're not ugly."

Among his tweets, he revealed he had thought the savage murder of soldier Lee Rigby had been "faked". He posted on May 23, 2013 a day after the killing of the off-duty soldier by two Islamist extremists a link to a YouTube video and the comment: "I had a feeling the Woolwich killing was probably fake."

The revelations could not come at a worse time for Mr Khan, who has spent three years preparing his campaign to become Mayor of London in the City Hall elections on May 5. Commons Leader Chris Grayling said that Mr Salar's "trivialising [of ] violence" raised questions about Mr Khan for employing him. …

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