In January, Mona Thwany was doing a bit of a tap dance, denying knowledge of the plot and saying, “Some people said Taimour is a martyr. I don’t know whether he is or he isn’t. All I can say is that I totally condemn terrorism”.”
Jihad, not so much, apparently. “Widow of suicide bomber is arrested by terror squad on suspicion of helping husband plan attack on Christmas shoppers,” by John Geoghegan for the Daily Mail, September 15:
The wife of a suicide bomber has been arrested on suspicion of helping her husband bring terror to the streets of Sweden in the run-up to Christmas last year.
Mona Thwany, the 28-year-old wife of Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly who killed himself and injured two people in Stockholm last December, was arrested on Tuesday in Luton.
It is thought she was arrested for her suspected involvement in her 28-year-old husband’s bombing and not because of any new plot.
Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede who studied at a British university, killed himself and injured two others when he detonated explosives in a crowded shopping street in the Swedish capital.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “˜At 6.15am on Tuesday morning, counter-terrorism officers raided a residential address in Luton.
“˜A 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of the preparation of terrorist acts. She has been bailed until mid-November.”
Officers detained Miss Thwany at her home in Luton as they searched two properties. She was released on police bail until November.
It is thought Abdulwahab aimed to kill and maim hundreds, but, luckily for the many Christmas shoppers milling about nearby, the bombs went off early and incompletely.
Abdulwahab was the only fatality, on December 11, while just two passers-by were injured.
Afterwards, Miss Thwany said she knew nothing of her husband’s terrorist activities or his radicalisation.
In the story linked above, she “explained”: “as a Muslim wife I was not expected to pry into his life.”
Meanwhile, “education” alone won’t stop jihadists:
The pair met at the University of Bedfordshire, where they both studied. The psychology graduate told how he was a loving father to their three children — Amira, four, Aisha, two, and Osama, six months — and adored his pet canaries.
Coincidence? After the attack, that does raise an eyebrow.
Just before the bombing, he told her he was going to Scandinavia to see relatives and celebrate his father Thamer’s birthday.
After the bombing, fears arose that Abdulwahab had lured a number of young Muslims into his extremist net during the nine years he spent in Luton.
Poverty causes jihad, we’re told:
A beauty stylist who ran her own business, Miss Thawny is the daughter of a Romanian Christian mother, Mihaela, and an Iraqi Muslim father, Abdul.
Abdulwahab, who worked as a sports therapist in Luton, sent his wife an MP3 file ten minutes before he blew himself up.
Throwing off the trail:
She opened the message, which was the same one sent to the Swedish authorities, after the attack. It said: “˜To my wife, I am sorry and I hope you can forgive me.”
Speaking after the incident, Miss Thwany said: “˜He disliked the decadent side of society here. But he never gave off any clues that he was going to blow himself up. I totally condemn terrorism.”