Tuesday, March 21, 2006

BBC News omits religion of Muslim terror suspects (updated)

In Seven 'planned terror campaign', one can read the following:
Seven British citizens had acquired "most of the necessary components" to launch a bombing campaign in the UK, the Old Bailey has heard.



The bomb, or bombs, would have been used "at the very least to destroy strategic plant within the United Kingdom, or more realistically to kill and injure citizens of the UK," he claimed.



Omar Khyam, 24, and his brother Shujah Mahmood, 19 - both from Crawley in West Sussex - each deny possessing aluminium powder.

Mr Khyam, Anthony Garcia (also known as Rahman Adam), 23, of Ilford, east London, and Nabeel Hussain, 20, of Horley, Surrey, each deny possession of the ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

The other accused are Salahuddin Amin, 31, from Luton, Bedfordshire, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, and Jawad Akbar, 22, both from Crawley.
BBC News is happy to say that the accused are British citizens, but their religion is not touched on, despite it most probably being the incentive for the planification of attacks.

Update

The article has been updated with the following information:
Mr Waters said Mr Khyam's motive was clear: "The UK was unscathed, it needed to be hit because of its support for the US."

The prosecutor said Mr Khyam and co-defendant Salahuddin Amin, 31, from Luton in Bedfordshire, both told Babar they worked for a man named Abdul Hadi who they claimed was "number three in al-Qaeda".
Omar Khyam’s motive was that the UK “needed to be hit because of its support for the US [in the War on Terror, no doubt]” and he said that he worked for a man who he claimed was “number three in al-Qaeda”, and still the BBC does not use the words “Islam” or “Muslim”.

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