“Mohammed said that as Muslims we should commit Jihad.” It ain’t the Scotland of Robert Burns anymore.
“Student trained in terror in Capital,” from The Scotsman (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
A STUDENT facing terrorism charges spoke of attending “training groups” in Edinburgh, a court heard today.
Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, also told a fellow student how he wanted to be a suicide bomber, blow up Glasgow and that he had met Osama bin Laden.
He is facing five charges including possessing, collecting and distributing terrorist propaganda and providing instructional material for bomb making.
Siddique, from Alva in Clackmannanshire, denies all the charges.
At the High Court in Glasgow, Razia Hussain said the accused made a series of claims while they were studying computing at Glasgow Metropolitan College.
The 22-year-old told the court that Siddique would access non work related websites in class every time he had an opportunity.
Questioned by Crown counsel Brian McConnachie QC about what the websites displayed, she replied: “People getting blown up, people who were dead, armies and explosions.
“Mohammed used to explain to me about these sites, about people getting blown up.
“How this is right and should be done because we are Muslims.
“Mohammed said that as Muslims we should commit Jihad.”
Asked by Mr McConnachie what Jihad meant she answered: “To go and blow yourself up.”
Ms Hussain told the court that one image showed a dead man with a smile on his face.
She added: “Mohammed said this was because he had committed Jihad and God was going to be happy.
“He said he wanted to be one as well — a suicide bomber.”
“How many times did he say that?” Mr McConnachie asked.
“A few times,” she replied.
Siddique also denies causing a breach of the peace by threatening to become a suicide bomber and saying he was a member of the terror network al Qaida, as well as showing images of suicide bombers and beheadings.
Ms Hussain also told the court that the accused claimed to have met Osama bin Laden and was visiting or planning to visit “training groups” in Edinburgh or Stirling.