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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Angus McDowall - Suicide Bombings Hit Three Saudi Cities In One Day // Dhaka restaurant attackers followed controversial Indian Islamic preacher
RIYADH (Reuters) -
Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on
Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated
campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the
penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.
targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi’ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a
mosque in the holy city of Medina followed days of mass killings claimed by the
Islamic State group in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. The attacks all seem to
have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that
celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month.
A suicide bomber
detonated a bomb at a parking lot outside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, the
second-holiest site in Islam, a Saudi security spokesman told state
news agency SPA. “Security men noticed
a suspicious person among those approaching the Prophet’s Mosque in an open
area used as parking lots for visitors’ cars. As they confronted him, he blew
himself up with an explosive belt, which resulted in his death and the
martyrdom of four of the security men,” the spokesman said. Five other officers
were wounded, the statement added.
of the five young militants who have slaughtered 20 innocent people
Friday night at Holey Artisan Bakery used to follow three controversial
Islamists -- Anjem Choudary, Shami Witness and Zakir Nayek. Militant killer Nibras
Islam, 22, used to follow two alleged suspected recruiters of Islamic State --
Anjem Choudary and Shami Witness -- on Twitter in 2014. Another killer Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, propagated on
Facebook last year quoting Peace TV’s controversial preacher Zakir Nayek
“urging all Muslims to be terrorists”. A Pakistan-origin British citizen, 49-year-old Anjem is now facing trial in
England for breaking the British anti-terrorism law. Shami Witness is the
Twitter name of 24-year-old Mehdi Biswas of Bangalore in India, who is also
facing trial for running propaganda for the IS. Shami was arrested in
December 2014 following an investigation into his Twitter account which was
last active in August 2014. Anjem’s twitter account became inactive from August
2015 after terror charges were brought against him.
Dr Nayek is banned in
UK, Canada and Malaysia and is a controversial figure in his home country
India. He is wildly popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV although his
preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects. This means at least in
the case Nibras and Rohan, they did not become radicalised overnight.
They have been consuming radical materials for one to two years before finally
disappearing in February-March and reappearing as “IS killers” Friday night at
the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan.
From their pictures
posted by the IS media and recirculated by the SITE Intelligence Group, it can
be assumed that these young men received arms training after their
disappearance specifically to carry out the killing mission on July 1. Their
attire with IS logo in their backdrop, the automatic rifles held in their hands
reveal they underwent an organised training which is far from anything
amateurish. That the killers
released some of the hostages 15 minutes before the army-led operation on
Saturday morning also showed the depth of their brains being washed—that they
were ready to die. While this is a bit different from committing suicide, but
it takes extra-ordinary will force to remain ready to die.
The killers had
uploaded grizzly pictures of their deeds at the Holey Artisan Bakery by
midnight Friday —which was re-uploaded by the IS media claiming to have killed
20 people. These pictures widely circulated in the Internet also reveal the
mind sets of the killers. All the women victims were blurred in the pictures.
Militants say it is a sin to show pictures of women, who they do not mind
killing or raping... read more: