Danika Fears and Natalie Musumeci
The terrorist behind the London rampage was identified as Abu Izzadeen [photo], a radical Muslim cleric who’s been convicted of inciting terrorist acts in England, law enforcement sources told The Independent.
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Izzadeen, a well-known Islamist extremist formerly known as Trevor Brooks, was born to Jamaican parents in the UK and converted to Islam when he was 17, according to The Guardian.
In January 2016, Izzadeen — who was killed by cops Wednesday — and another Islamist militant were sentenced to two years in prison for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving the UK without notifying the police, the BBC reported.
They were found on a train in Hungary that was headed for Bucharest, Romania, in Nov. 2015.
In 2008, he was convicted of inciting terrorist acts and funding terrorism after giving hate-filled speeches at the Regents Park mosque in London.
A 2014 Live Leak video shows activists of the “British First Defence Force” clashing with Izzadeen and notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary as they walk down the street during a protest in London.
“That was Abu Izzadeen – a man who says he wants to die as a suicide bomber,” an activist says to the camera.
Izzadeen often condemned the US on his Twitter account, according to the Counter Extremism Project.
“#texasattack the USA is a crusader nation at war with the believers they worship the cross we worship the one who created the prophet Jesus,” he wrote in May 2015, after the attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
He once told the BBC that the terrorists behind the 2005 London suicide bombings should “be praised widely.”
Danika Fears and Natalie Musumeci, NewYork Post, 22-3-2017