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th the death toll now at eight in last weeks knife and truck rampage in London, sources say U.S. and European authorities are zeroing in on a U.S. based Muslim cleric they believe may have helped inspire the brutal attacks. Reuters national security correspondent Mark Hosenball. Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril is some kind of Jihadist preacher based in Detroit.
He's been around for 15 or even close to 20 years. Whose been on and off the internet with inflammatory statements and diatribes based on religious teachings. And he's regarded by experts as a serious English language inspiration to potential Jihadis who radicalize themselves over the internet. Major question marks still remain over the motivations for the deadly attacks that also left scores badly wounded.
Hosenbahl says authorities are looking at whether the one attacker may have been guided by Jabril's videos online. The attacker, in question, spent a lot of time watching the diatribes and sermons of Ahmad Musa Jibril on the Internet. I know, for a fact, that authorities in Europe are, certainly, looking into that.
I was told by experts that in fact this guy is regarded as almost as important or maybe as important in terms of inspiring English language Jihadi fighters as was Anwar al-Awlaki. The American born preacher who knew the 9/11 hijackers and then was droned to death by the CIA in Yemen.
US authorities in 2005 sent Jibril to prison where he spent six and a half years for insurance fraud. Federal prosecutors said he and his father had vandalized properties and collected on bogus insurance claims. But British authorities will likely have a hard time pursuing charges against Jibril as his postings are protected free speech under U.S. law.
Several attempts by Reuters to find Jibril to obtain comment were unsuccessful.