Lately al-Awlaki seems to have his hand in every jihad attack in the West, large and small. An update on this story. “Stephen Timms attacker was inspired by al-Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki,” from the Telegraph, November 2 (thanks to Block Ness):
A student who tried to murder an MP was inspired by a radical al-Qaeda cleric linked to the air cargo bomb plot, it emerged today.
Roshonara Choudhry, 21, stabbed former Labour minister Stephen Timms twice in the stomach after watching online sermons by US-born Anwar al-Awlaki.
The wanted preacher is thought to be behind the bomb plot involving packages sent from Yemen – where he is based.
US investigators believe he is also linked to the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, as well as last year’s Christmas airline bomb attempt, and the failed Times Square bombing….
She became radicalised after watching al-Awlaki’s English-language jihadi sermons on the internet….
Choudhry, of East Ham, east London, had also drawn up a list of other MPs who had backed the UK’s military action.
A source said: ”She had researched the voting records of a number of MPs around the Iraq war.”
But the source said that in relation to her searches of jihadi websites there was ”no evidence to suggest there was any contact with anyone” and it was ”looking at rather than reaching out”.
”This was something which was done privately on the internet.”…
An investigation into her case was taken over by Scotland Yard’s counter terrorism command after the link to al-Awlaki was found on her computer….