(Reuters) – Twenty-five year old Ako Abd al-Qadir went to wage holy war in Syria vowing to return and conquer all of Iraqi Kurdistan in the name of Islam on the way back to his home town of Halabja. […] Kurdish security services however raided 11 mosques one night last December in the city of Sulaimaniyah on suspicion they were being used as recruitment centres, seizing identity papers and laptops. They have not disclosed what evidence they found. […] Wearing a black leather jacket over his Kurdish clothes, the young man who did return from Syria said he would have no qualms about fighting his ethnic kin in the name of Islam: “My religion comes before my Kurdishness – I make decisions based on my religion.”
Islamist terror group Boko Haram, officially labelled a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ by the US government in November last year, is suspected to have coordinated the violence.
‘Boko Haram’ translates as ‘Western education is sacrilege’. The group has ties to Al-Qaeda and is responsible for over 2,000 deaths in Nigeria since 2009. Its leadership has declared it aims to cleanse the country of Christians, eradicate Nigerian democracy and replace it with an Islamic state guided by Sharia law.
The three men are of the Moro indigenous ethnic Muslim race.
Bomb technicians were dispatched to the home of Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has previously received death threats after depicting the prophet Muhammad as a dog, for what turned out to be a false alarm.
- Lars Vilks on Al-Qaeda ‘wanted dead or alive’ list (03 Mar 13)
- Vilks cites KKK to defend talk to anti-Muslim group (31 Aug 12)
- ‘The attacks against me are working’: Lars Vilks (07 Mar 12)
Police were called around 3.30pm with reports that a suspicious object had been found in the yard of the artist’s home.
“We can’t rule out that it’s something dangerous and that’s why we’ve called the bomb experts to the scene,” Skåne County police spokesman Nils Norling told the local Helsignborg Dagbladet (HD) newspaper.
Thank you Lena N, M, Fjordman, UK Pete and all who sent in material. More to come I am sorry to say.