Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as “Jihadi John”, was able to flee Britain and the scrutiny of the security services, despite being a member of a terror cell that was known to have links to the failed 21/7 attacks on London in 2005, the Observer can reveal.
One leading member of Emwazi’s network had a telephone conversation on the day of the attacks with Hussein Osman, who was later jailed for life for placing an explosive at Shepherd’s Bush tube station.
The security services were also aware that associates of the 12-strong west London terror group had joined the four 21/7 bombers at a training camp in Cumbria a year before the attempt to bring carnage to London’s streets.
The revelations, contained in court documents seen by this newspaper, raise urgent questions over how Emwazi was able to evade surveillance, slip out of the country in 2013 using false papers and re-emerge in Syria a year later to become the world’s most wanted terrorist.
Not only was Emwazi a “person of interest” for MI5 as a member of a London jihadi cell set up in 2007 to recruit for al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate, but at least one member of his network had a connection with one of the most infamous crimes in British history.
The failed 21/7 attacks came a fortnight after four men blew themselves up on tubes and a bus, killing 52 people and injuring more than 700, the worst terrorist atrocity committed on British soil.
Wait? Can you please clarify, was Emwazi part of the Group that was with the 7/7 bombers in Cumbria?
I remember sitting in Wood Green near a plaza in the high street. There was not many Brits but plenty of Africans and middle easterners. The jihadists had set up a stall and would say things like "your women are whores" etc. I would sit there and noticed that some of these clowns would defer to an older man who would part in the proceedings but was a middle easterner none the less. He would ask information on the rest of the crew like he was the cell leader. No one stopped them and I thought Britain was sunk. There must be thousands more 15 years later. Hopefully these mass immigration proponents will be around at the end of this war so we can put them on trial.
Stangely enough, the Islamicist dawa stall outside the Public Library has more or less disappeared; that is not to say that it is not still going on somewhere. I suppose it is more underground now.