London police arrest radical Muslim suspected of encouraging terrorism

LONDON: Police on Thursday arrested a 31-year-old Londoner suspected of encouraging terrorism. Sky News identified him as Abu Izzadeen, who had a public confrontation with a Cabinet minister last year.

Metropolitan Police declined to identify the man, saying only that he was arrested Thursday morning.

In September, Izzadeen disrupted Home Secretary John Reid’s meeting with a group of Muslim leaders in London.

Describing Reid as an “enemy of Islam and Muslims,” Izzadeen shouted: “Shame on all of us for sitting down and listening to him.”

Izzadeen, a British citizen who is also reportedly known as Omar Brooks, has described himself as the spokesman for the al-Ghurabaa group.

He reportedly grew up in a Christian family but converted to Islam when he was 17. He has been quoted as saying that Britain’s failure to accept a “cease-fire” from Osama bin Laden led to the July 7 attacks.

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AP, via the International Herald Tribune, USA
Feb. 8, 2007

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