Mumbai terrorists were 'funded by cash raised in UK mosques'

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A banned Islamic terrorist group funded with cash raised in British mosques is believed to be behind the Mumbai attacks.

* Taxi was meant to blow up Mumbai airport

Kashmiri separatists Lashkar-e-Taiba, ‘The Army of the Righteous’, which has strong links to Al Qaeda, is accused of previous terrorist outrages in India. 

'Funded by UK cash': The Taj Mahal hotel burns during the terror attack on mumbai - an Islamic terrorist group funded with cash raised British mosques is thought to be behind the attack

‘Funded by UK cash’: The Taj Mahal hotel burns during the terror attack on Mumbai – an Islamic terrorist group funded with cash raised in British mosques is thought to be behind the attack

Indian officials say at least one of the gunmen captured after the attacks is part of a Lashkar network.

The group last week denied any responsibility and the unknown group Deccan Mujahideen said it was behind the atrocity. 

But earlier this year another group, the Indian Mujahideen, which has links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, sent an email to Indian police warning it was planning an attack in Mumbai. 

The message read: ‘We are keeping a close eye on you and just waiting for the right time to execute your bloodshed…Let the Indian Mujahideen warn all the people of Mumbai…You are already on our hit list and this time very, very seriously.’



Lashkar-e-Taiba has been blamed for violence throughout India, including the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament building in New Delhi and a strike at an amusement park in Hyderabad in 2007.

It is accused of being behind a series of train bombings in Mumbai in 2006, which claimed almost 200 lives. 

The group is outlawed in Britain and the US. In 2006, a Coventry man was sentenced to nine years in jail for conspiring to provide funds for its terrorist activities. 

And intercepted telephone and radio communications before and during the latest attacks apparently suggest a link.

British Muslims have become a mainstay of the global ‘jihad’


Analysis by Kim Sengupta/The Independent

More than 4,000 British Muslims have passed through terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to security agencies, providing a fertile recruitment pool for the Islamist international jihad.


Men from the UK’s Kashmiri community have joined groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, the prime suspects in the Mumbai attacks, which have been fighting against Indian forces in Kashmir. Others from a Pakistani background are in the ranks of the Taliban and other groups taking part in action against British and Nato forces in Afghanistan.

A former commander of the British force in Helmand, Brigadier Ed Butler, has revealed that his troops had come across British Muslims in southern Afghanistan. “There are British passport holders who live in the UK who are being found in places such as Kandahar,” he said. “There is a link between Kandahar and urban conurbations in the UK. This is something the military understands, but theBritish public does not.”

Last year, RAF Nimrod intelligence-gathering aircraft tracking Taliban radio signals in Afghanistan heard insurgent fighters speaking with Yorkshire and Midlands accents.

As well as fighters joining their ranks, groups such as Lashkar also benefit from funds raised on their behalf in the UK by the Muslim community. It has also been claimed that some of the aid money donated for the earthquake disaster relief three years ago was siphoned off for militant groups.

Lashkar, previously known as Jaish-e-Mohammed, has forged links with al-Qa’ida in Pakistan and are said to have shared training camps. One of their most famous recruits was Rashid Rauf, accused of being a key member in the plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, who was recently reported to have been killed in an American missile strike.

British Muslim recruits have also been involved in other conflicts. Asif Hanif, 21, from London, killed three people and injured 55 by blowing himself up in Tel Aviv. A companion, Omar Sharif, 27, from Derby fled the scene after explosives strapped to his body failed to detonate and was later found dead, his body washed up on an Israeli beach.

Somalia’s transitional government has accused Britain of being the main source of money and men for the fighters of the Islamist Courts Union (ICU), a fundamentalist group, in the country. The then deputy prime minister, Hussain Mohammed Aideed, declared: “The ICU’s main support was coming from London, paying cash to the ICU against the government. Among those who died in the war with the ICU wereBritish passport holders.”

The Independent, in Mogadishu after the Somali capital was taken over by Islamist forces last summer, discovered a significant number of young Somalis who had returned to fight for the Islamists from the diaspora in the West. Half a dozen young men, including two brothers from Wood Green in north London, were acting as bodyguards for Sheik Yusuf, one of the main Islamist commanders. One of the brothers, Hamid, said at the time: “The true Muslims are the only ones who are honest and who are patriots. We are doing our duty by fighting for the cause of Islam, which is above all countries.”

Britain has also been accused of being the centre where a number of terrorist plots abroad were planned. Moutaz Almallah Dabas, a Syrian-born Spanish citizen accused of helping those who took part in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, was extradited from London to Spain after the discovery of links between the attack and an alleged cell in England.

The Mumbai atrocity is a wake-up call for a frighteningly unprepared Britain

Last updated at 1:58 AM on 01st December 2008

Melanie Philips
Around the world, people have reacted with horror to the vile atrocities in Mumbai. 

For three days, our TV screens transmitted images of carnage and chaos as the toll of murder victims climbed to upwards of 190 people, with many hundreds more injured.

Despite the fact that British citizens were caught up in the attacks, there is nevertheless a sense in Britain that this was nothing to do with us  -  a horrible event happening in a faraway place.

Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai: ‘We don’t understand what we are up against… if it were to happen here, we would be unable to cope’


Among commentators, moreover, there has been no small amount of confusion. 

Were these terrorists motivated by the grievance between Muslims and Hindus over Kashmir, or was this a broader attack by Al Qaeda? 

If British and American tourists were singled out over Iraq  -  which many assume is the motive for such attacks  -  why were Indians targeted in the Victoria railway station?

And why was an obscure Jewish outreach centre marked for slaughter? 

Such perceptions and questions suggest that, even now, Western commentators still don’t grasp what the free world is facing. This was not merely a distant horror. 

We should pay the closest possible attention to what happened in Mumbai because something on this scale could well happen here. 


But because we don’t understand what we are actually up against, we are not doing nearly enough to prevent this  -  or something even worse  -  occurring on British soil; and if it were to happen here, we would be unable to cope. 

The Mumbai atrocities show very clearly what too many in Britain obdurately deny  -  that a war is being waged against civilisation. 

It is both global and local. It is not ‘our’ fault; it has nothing to do with Muslim poverty, oppression or discrimination. 

The Islamic fundamentalist fanatics use specific grievances  -  Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya  -  merely as recruiting sergeants for their worldwide holy war against all ‘unbelievers’. 


The only militant to survive the attack, he is said to be from Karachi, Pakistan

The Mumbai attackers targeted British, American and Indian citizens simply because they wanted to kill as many British, American and Indian ‘unbelievers’ as possible. 

Where they found Muslims, they spared them.

They also singled out for slaughter the occupants of the Chabad House, a pious Jewish outreach organisation with no Israeli or political agenda  -  underscoring the point that at the core of the Islamists’ hatred of Israel festers their hatred of the Jews.

This was not, as is so often described, ‘mindless violence’. 

On the contrary, the terrorists precisely calibrated both their choice of targets and the way in which they attacked them. This tells us many things.

India was chosen in order to further two aims. First was to foment greater tension between India and Pakistan. 

No less important was the wish to destroy the ever more vital strategic alliance between India and the West in common defence against the Islamist onslaught. 

That was why British and American visitors in those two grand hotels were singled out. 

And that was why Mumbai itself was chosen  -  as the symbol of India’s burgeoning commerce and prosperity and its links with the West.

The manner of these attacks also carried a message. 

Many hostages were taken, but no attempt was made to use them to demand redress of any grievances. They were simply killed.

That made a statement that the terrorists’ agenda is non-negotiable. 

The attacks demonstrated, above all, the reach of the perpetrators and the impotence of their designated victims.

Those who believe that Islamist terror can be halted by addressing grievances around the world are profoundly mistaken.

With these atrocities, moreover, Islamist attacks have moved much closer to war than conventional terrorism. 

The Iranian-born foreign affairs specialist Amir Taheri has pointed out that the Mumbai attacks embody the plan outlined by a senior Al Qaeda strategist after the U.S. decided to fight back following 9/11  -  a decision that the Islamists had not expected.

This new strategy entails targeting countries with a substantial Muslim presence for ‘low-intensity warfare’ comprising bombings, kidnappings, the taking of hostages, the use of women and children as human shields, beheadings and other attacks that make normal life impossible.


Such a simultaneous, multi-faceted onslaught quickly reduces a city and a country to chaos. It can be repeated anywhere  -  and British cities must be among the most vulnerable.

This is because  -  astoundingly  -  Britain now harbours the most developed infrastructure of Islamist terrorism and extremism in the Western world. 

The security service has warned that it is monitoring at least 2,000 known terrorists, and has said repeatedly that although many outrages have been averted a major attack may not be preventable.

Indeed, British security officials have sleepless nights about the various ways in which the Islamists are trying to cause mass casualties in Britain  -  and the fact that even now this threat is not taken seriously.

This point was made yesterday by the former head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, Peter Clarke.

As an example, he noted that Kazi Nurur Rahman, a convicted terrorist who was arrested shortly after 7/7 with a machine-gun and 3,000 rounds of ammunition, had been trying to buy machine-guns, rocket-propelled grenades and missiles  -  undoubtedly for use against British targets.

Far from the popular caricatures of bumbling, impressionable and socially alienated misfits, he said, there was a capable and motivated enemy spanning the globe which would try to replicate the Mumbai atrocities in Britain. 

Even more chilling was the warning by a former head of the SAS that Britain has made no adequate preparations to deal with such an onslaught upon a British city  -  even though that is precisely the ‘ Doomsday scenario’ that the security world fears.

Such synchronised attacks, he said, required a ‘military-type response’, either by squads of soldiers or armed police. But we have neither in place. 

This country is simply not trained, equipped or prepared in any way to deal with something on this scale.


Yesterday, Gordon Brown said that the Mumbai attacks had raised ‘huge questions’ about how the world should address violent extremism. 

But the first question he must answer is how the British approach will now change.

For the fact is that not only is Britain hopelessly unprepared for attacks of this kind, but the Government’s approach to the problem of home-grown radicalisation is misguided.

Wrongly believing that it can use religious fundamentalists to counter terrorist recruitment and that it must at all costs avoid causing offence, it is failing to stop extremists spreading their propaganda, handling their demands with kid gloves and undermining genuine moderates among Britain’s Muslims who have been left exposed, vulnerable and abandoned.

The reason for such flawed policies is the false analysis on which they are based. 

The Government and security establishment refuse to acknowledge that what we are facing is a religious war. 

Instead, they think that Islamist terrorism is driven by grievances which are basically the fault of the West.

But you have only to look around the world or at the history of the past four decades and more to see the absurdity and ignorance of this view.

Look at Thailand, for example, currently convulsed by Islamist terrorism in the south with bombings, beheadings and the murder of Buddhists.

Look at the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. Look at the Islamist terrorism in the Philippines. 

Look, as Peter Clarke noted, at the attacks variously upon New York, Bali, Istanbul, Jakarta, Sharm el Sheikh, Casablanca, Madrid, London and India.

If we don’t understand what we are fighting, we cannot defeat it. Mumbai is yet another wake-up call  -  to a Britain that is still in a trance of denial.

3 thoughts on “Mumbai terrorists were 'funded by cash raised in UK mosques'”

  1. * Taxi was meant to blow up Mumbai airport

    Although there is no suggestion the taxi driver was anything but a victim, the number of
    muslims in the local cab fleet makes it “inevitable” that they will strike one of our terminals,
    maybe even planting a “device” in the wudu-equipped “prayer room”.

  2. Think I’ll send this article to the White House. I recall G.W. Bush attending an opening ceremony for a new mosque in D.C. Anyone think he or our “elected representatives” has a clue?

  3. This following item has been sent to Senators and other elected offiicial in the U.S. Canada, Australia & Sweden so far.

    The Right Honourable
    Member Steven N. Constantino,


    The following item shows that Islamic Terrorists are following Mohammeds example and decrees. Tolerance comprise only 3% of Mohammeds statements. They were in his early period in Mecca. After his escape to Medina, 97% of the statements relating to unbelievers, were hate and violence decreed against all infidels. The first 3% are abrogated by later decrees. Anyone who is learned in the Muslim faith who states that Islam is a religion of Peace, is a 5th columnist doing his duty for Islam, to undermine and lull our Democracies.

    Muslims consider Mohammed the most honourable of all men. This allows them every act that he did or supported.

    For the security of Democracies, please read the following item.

    Ban Islam for past and present War Crimes

    Muhammed: The Con Man and False Prophet

    As we are against terrorism in the world for the ultimate survival of our society, I’m offering viewpoints to win the battle against Islam’s goal of world domination, which is stated in their writings.

    Muhammed and his sayings, found in the Koran, Hadiths, Sunnahs and Surahs, are the root of Muslim terrorism.

    With truth and reality, we must discredit the founder of Islam, his sayings and the belief system that spawns this terrorism.

    Let the world know that Muhammed, while in Medina, organized raids on camel trains hauling trade goods, and received twenty percent (20%) of the ill gotten loot. The spiritual mechanics of functioning as a Prophet does not mix with being a thief and killing for wealth.

    Let the world know that Muhammed betrothed a six year old (6) child , in her ninth year (9) consummated their marriage sexually. He was in his fifties (50’s) at the time. The inner development of a Prophet does not function with paedophilia. Muhammed was a Paedophile. He claimed that Aisha was his only wife that caused him to experience revelations while under the blanket with her. Muhammeds counsel to others and actions, legitimized paedophilia through Islams ideology. What was the source of Muhammeds revelations as a Paedophile? All this is stated in th Hadiths and Surahs.

    On returning to Medina after taking Mecca, he attacked one of the Jewish tribes, the Qurraysa. After 28 days of siege, the Jews capitulated. Muhammed immediately ignored the terms agreed upon as part of their surrender. He ordered and watched as all males from puberty on were beheaded in a trench. Their families were made to watch this slaughter of the male children and men. Some of the women became hysterical while watching the beheading of their husbands and sons and were also beheaded. During the slaughter, Muhammed spotted a beautiful Jewish girl and selected her for his sex slave. Her name was Rayhannah. She had to watch while her mother and sister were raped. Her sister was traded as a slave for arms which is stated in both the Hadiths and the Surahs. There were three tribal groups of Jewish origin and belief in Medina at that time. Those that weren’t killed or sold into slavery were forced out into the desert to die.

    These atrocities are the actions of a demonic fiend not a Prophet.

    Muhammed also encouraged and rewarded many assassinations in his lifetime. Murder is not an activity of a Prophet.

    The fantasy paradise that Muhammed developed to entice the itinerant, uneducated Arabs to Islam is a personal bordello. This paradise in the hereafter shows a sexual fixation and addiction in the spirit of Muhammed. This is not the development of a spiritual Prophet. This demonic personality is no doubt the most successful con man ever. Muhammed has been more successful than Hitler and the Nazi movement in longevity, size of his organization and hatred of the Jews.

    Compare Muhammed to all former Prophets and founders of great religious movements, East and West, and it easily shows us how debased he was. His organization was developed by tacking spiritual words to robbery, killing, conversions by the sword and terrorism with Fatwas which are all fiendish acts. This activity by his followers is presently seen on television clips with kidnapped, innocent people being beheaded in praise of Allah.

    Last but not least, Allah was one of over two hundred and fifty (250) idols in the Ka’aba. After taking Mecca, Muhammed destroyed all other tribal idols except for the Quraysh tribe’s idol and pronounced Allah the one and only God.

    I believe that, in warfare against terrorism, we must attack the heart and not just the tentacles of Islam with truth. We must not let this perversion of religion spawn numberless adherents to Muhammed’s words to expand their terrorism. We must confront terrorism head on.

    When combating Evil remember: Appeasement is like feeding a steak to a tiger in the hope that it will eventually become a vegetarian.

    International Ban Islam petition:

    Canada’s for debate in the House of Commons:

    Guardians of Democracy site:

    Unfortunately, Muslims in debate or negotiations are forced to LIE to preserve Islam’s integrity. This noble Islamic activity is called “TAKIYA”.


    Lorenzo Bouchard

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