Monday 29 May 2017

Town epicentre of a global clash in civilisations

A car is removed from outside a house which was searched by British police in Luton yesterday in connection with the death of suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly in Sweden over the weekend
A car is removed from outside a house which was searched by British police in Luton yesterday in connection with the death of suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly in Sweden over the weekend

Mark Hughes

THE SIGHT of police officers standing guard outside the terraced home of Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly yesterday afternoon revived unwelcome memories for Luton.

As reporters and TV camera crews gathered on either side of the cordons on the nondescript road, Muslim residents gathered to watch their town thrust once more into the spotlight. When one man asked an officer what was going on, he was told, "you'll have to watch it on the news".

Luton has long been saddled by the suggestion that it is a hotbed of terrorism. The now-banned extremist Muslim group Al-Muhajiroun was based there and it is where the July 7 bombers met before they launched their attacks on London's transport network in 2005.

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