Friday 27 April 2018

French plotted to kill Hamza

Tom Whitehead

French spies plotted to pose as neo-Nazis to assassinate Abu Hamza, the hate cleric, in London because they were so frustrated with Britain's failure to deal with him, it was claimed.

They planned to send the fanatic fake death threats from the far-Right group Combat 18 before shooting him with weapons said to be associated with that group.

In a separate move, they also plotted to kidnap Hamza and take him to France, a report by the campaign group Hope not Hate claimed.

Intelligence services across the Channel hatched the assassination plan in 1999, amid tensions between the two countries over the scale of Islamist extremism in Britain.

They also wanted to seize on concerns at the time about extremism in the wake of the nail bombings in London that year by David Copeland, a neo-Nazi.

Hamza and other fanatics, were suspected of having links with Rachid Ramda, who was jailed for involvement in the 1995 Paris Metro bombings. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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