AN IRISH girl who admits to having been radicalised after she transformed to Islam claims that there are as much as 150 Islamic extremists dwelling in Eire.
The girl has additionally alleged that on a number of events she was visited in Eire by Khuram Butt – the chief of the fear assault on London Bridge which claimed the lives of eight harmless individuals.
‘AAliyah’ (not her actual title) says that they travelled across the nation collectively assembly different extremists in locations like Cavan, Limerick and Clonmel.
The connections between Eire and Islamist terrorism are investigated in a brand new documentary, Eire’s Jihadis, which is able to air on Virgin Media One on Wednesday evening.
The programme focuses on the dramatic claims made by the Irish girl, who transformed to Islam when she moved to dwell within the UK – claiming to have been influenced by the 9/11 assaults.
Aaliyah claims that she met Butt by means of her then Muslim boyfriend, a Pakistani-born UK citizen referred to as Raza who’s suspected of working a variety of web fraud rackets concentrating on Irish corporations to boost funds for ISIS.
Final 12 months an Irish Impartial investigation revealed that Raza is needed in reference to an try in September 2016 to defraud a Dublin firm of €2.8m.
Raza and Aaliyah moved forwards and backwards from the UK and lived at an tackle in Santry between 2015 and 2016, the place he registered a variety of bogus entrance corporations for the aim of the rip-off and listed her as a director utilizing her Irish title.
It was throughout this era that she claims Khuram Butt stayed with them on quite a few events – though the officer in control of the State’s counter-terrorism company tells the programme that gardaí are happy he by no means visited the nation.
Aaliyah claims that she travelled across the nation with Butt, assembly with different extremists: “After we went again to Eire and we’d come over and again and he (Butt) would come over to go to us the connection with him developed. They wouldn’t have handled me any totally different, like as an outsider.
“I might have altogether met Khuram Butt, about thirty or forty instances I’d say. We went to Limerick. We went to Cavan collectively as effectively. We’d have went all the way down to Clonmel. He would have wished to go to go to individuals.
“They’d have spoken about their views and stuff like that in locations in Limerick, particularly in Limerick. They’d a detailed circle of associates there. In Clonmel as effectively they might have had a detailed group of associates.”
Aaliyah additionally claims that Butt, Raza and others they met would giggle while watching TV information studies of Isis terrorist assaults.
“They used to seek out it humorous once they would hear one thing on the information, or one thing, that was after taking place. They used to seek out it humorous. They used to speak about stuff prefer it was pc video games.
“They by no means made it sound prefer it was one thing that actually was going to occur. I assumed to start with that he (Butt) was simply somebody that’s speaking ? He was simply an offended particular person and that’s how he was expressing his feelings.”
In the course of the frenzied assault on a balmy evening in June final 12 months, which left an extra 48 individuals severely injured, a van ploughed by means of pedestrians strolling on the bridge.
Then Butt and his two accomplices – Rachid Redouane and Yousef Zaghba – then ran by means of the close by Borough Market randomly stabbing individuals out socialising within the native eating places and bars.
The three attackers have been shot useless by armed police eight minutes after the terrifying incident started.
The follow-up investigation uncovered proof which for the primary time established a direct hyperlink between Isis-inspired terrorism within the UK and Eire when it was found that one of many attackers Rachid Redouane, had been dwelling in Eire the place he had been granted residency standing.
Redouane, a Moroccan-born pastry chef, had been denied asylum within the UK a number of instances and had been arrested in 2009 boarding a ferry to Belfast utilizing a false passport and title.
Regardless of his document Redouane moved to Eire in 2012 the place he married his English associate, and was granted residency standing, which meant he may dwell within the UK.
- ‘Eire’s Jihadis’ will air on Virgin Media One at 10pm on Wednesday evening.