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Interview: Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad

On the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, the leader of the Muslim Salafi al-Muhajiroun Movement, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammad, praised al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden whom he described as “the lion of the Muslim nation.” Sheikh Omar, a Syrian living in exile in Britain, denied knowing bin Laden personally or maintaining any contacts with him. “It is an honor for me to be labeled as a follower of bin Laden, but the truth is that I am much less than that,” Sheikh Omar said in an interview with United Press International. He said the British authorities banned his group from organizing a conference to mark the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, under the slogan “the magnificent 19 martyrs,” in reference to the suicide air pirates who carried out the New York and Washington attacks. Bin Laden’s al-Qaida network was blamed for the attacks in which the twin towers of the New York World Trade Center were leveled, killing thousands of people. Full Story

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