Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Muslim Leader Warns of '11 Sept'UK Attacks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Muslim Leader Warns of '11 Sept'UK Attacks

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BRITAIN faces the prospect of 11 September-style attacks if it takes part in US-led military action against Iraq, a radical Islamic cleric warned today.

Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, UK-based leader of the fundamentalist Al-Muhajiroun group, said he was aware of threats from Islamist radicals abroad to attack in retaliation for any assault on Iraq.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sheikh Mohammed said he condemned all violence, but described the 11 September suicide hijackings as "a direct response to the evil American policy in the Muslim world".

He said: "We are giving advice to the British Government of the consequences of involving themselves in attacking Iraq."

Asked if he had specific information of threats against Britain, the Sheikh responded: "If you are in my position and listening to the talk and discussion on the internet and aware about Islamic activities, you will be worried. There are Muslims-abroad who believe they are at war with the West. …

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