Masked man draws attention on extremist Islamist website
The young Chinese asylum seeker who boarded a plane for Canada disguised as an elderly white man has drawn the attention of visitors to an extremist Islamist website, who have praised the elaborate plan as a potential tactic.
Shumukh al-Islam, an al-Qaida affiliated website meaning Islamic Honour, has an ongoing Arabic-language discussion on the young man’s entry into Canada that cites the details of his arrival here.
A forum on the site praised the idea as a tool for so-called “holy warriors.”
“This is a great idea that can benefit the mujahedeen,” one member, with the name Attique of the North, wrote shortly after the discussion began on Shumukh al-Islam last Tuesday.
“Truly this will benefit the mujahedeen,” another anonymous person wrote.
The website recently posted pictures and previously undisclosed information of Taimour Abdulwahab, the suicide bomber in Sweden who blew himself up in Stockholm. Abdulwahab’s bomb exploded earlier than intended, killing only him and injuring two others. Shumukh al-Islam calls him a martyr, a brother and a mujahed.
On Oct. 18, in a password-protected forum on Shumukh al-Islam, some of its members discussed using the plastic explosive Semtex to travel undetected through airport scanners and checkpoints.
Components of the odourless chemical were later found in parcel bombs destined for the United States. Al-Qaida took credit for the botched plan on the Shumukh al-Islam website.
On another website, Al Majahden, the story of the masked asylum seeker is also discussed.
“In fact… we can utilize these masks in preparation and infiltration and penetration of the enemy,” one commentator wrote in Arabic last week on the website.