Monday, August 14, 2006

Universities 'at centre of alleged plot to blow up passenger jets' :: Gulf News

A dossier of extremist literature has been uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph on the campus of a north London university, one of whose students has suspected links to the alleged terrorist attack.

Waheed Zaman, 22, a bio-chemistry student and the president of the Islamic Society at London Metropolitan University, was one of 24 people arrested last week.
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Cassette tapes produced by Al Muhajiroun, the disbanded militant organisation that praised the "Magnificent 19'' who carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks, were also discovered at the university's portable buildings used as a prayer room and library.

Al Muhajiroun was headed by Omar Bakri Mohammad, the radical London cleric forced into exile in Lebanon last year.

The portable buildings are on land owned by the university, which also part-funds the Islamic Society.

According to security sources, "several'' of the 23 people still in custody over the alleged plot are suspected of links to universities, appearing to confirm growing fears that campuses are providing Britain's biggest security threat.
The story comes from The Sunday Telegraph. I wonder if Gulf News has the notion that the problem could extend to other secular universities around the world, including universities in the UAE.


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