Muslim extremists have held a meeting at the heart of the area where the liquid bombers lived in which they warned of a British September 11.
One speaker at the meeting, held on the anniversary of the attacks in America, told the assembled crowd that the West should “listen to the warnings.”
The meeting, in front of a 100-strong crowd at a community centre on the Lea Bridge Road in Walthamstow, east London, was also addressed by the exiled preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed via video link from the Lebanon.
His appearance was greeted by cheers of “faith” and “god is great” as he claimed to have foiled a bomb plot against him by agents of the British Government, although much of his speech was inaudible due to technical difficulties.
Walthamstow was home to two of the three members of a gang found guilty of conspiracy to murder. They face a retrial over allegations they were targeting trans-Atlantic flights.
Among the speakers were a number of former members of the banned group al-Muhajiroun, once led by Bakri from his council home in Edmonton, North London.
The most incendiary speech was delivered by Saiful Islam, from Luton, Bedfordshire, who praised Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda for their “courage” in retaliating against the “dictatorship and oppression” of the West.
He said: “The blame of 9/11 belongs to no one but the American government. They are the terrorists. Sheikh Osama warned America numerous times, it was because of their own arrogance, because they thought they are a superpower and nobody could match them, that Sheikh Osama taught them a lesson — a lesson they still haven’t learned.”
Mr Islam warned that unless British and American troops were withdrawn from “Muslim lands” they would be to blame for the consequences, saying the West would “never achieve security until our own lands achieve security”.
“Wake up. Withdraw. Listen to the warnings. Muslims will stand side to side, not just al Qaeda. The actions of the British and Americans have given prominence to al Qaeda. All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally,” he added…