24 Jun 2014

‘Isis Briton’ talked about jihad ‘all the time’

A man who claims to have known one of the Britons featured in a promotional video for Isis tells Channel 4 News he talked about jihad “all the time”.

Who are the three men who appeared in an Isis video encouraging British Muslims to join the group’s fight in Iraq?

A man who claims to have known the third Briton, identified as Abdul Raqib Amin, told Channel 4 News he was part of the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia.

All the time when we ever meet him he talks about jihad Claimed acquaintance of Abdul Raqib Amin

He said Mr Amin studied at a mosque in Aberdeen, close to the university, and talked about jihad “all the time”.

But the man, who has asked to remain anonymous, said that what Mr Amin advocated is not what “‘jihad” is supposed to be.

“My friend this is totally not jihad, what he does,” he said.

“Jihad [is] when someone comes to attack you, it is called jihad. But this group, all the world know[s] that they are terrorists.”

Aberdeen connection

The man claimed that Mr Amin went abroad “to destroy Syria”.

“I was a student at [the] university of Aberdeen doing [a] course for four years,” he added.

“I used to go to mosque every Friday for [prayer]. During Ramadan all [the] guys used to cook and invite Muslims for food and breaking the fasting together. Since that time I knew him.”

“He was not [a] close friend to me, but all the time when we ever meet him he talks about jihad.”

“He is not my friend any more.”

Radical sect

Abdul Raqib Amin is said to be the third Briton in the video for the Isis group along with 20-year-olds Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, who are both from Cardiff.

Mr Amin was brought up in Aberdeen after moving from Bangladesh and his family reportedly left the Scottish city about two years ago.

He was identified as “Brother Abu Bara’ al Hindi” in the video which called for UK Muslims to join Isis in Iraq.

Ahmed, the father of Nasser Muthana, believes his other son, 17-year-old Aseel, is also in the Middle East and said they were both “brainwashed” in the UK.

Details have now emerged of links between a hardline Islamist sect called Salafi and two of the claimed Britons in the video.

Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana went to the Al-Manar Centre in Cardiff, which is aligned to an ultra-conservative wing of Islam called Salafi.