GLASGOW AIRPORT ATTACK
A brief overview of the terrorist events of Glasgow 2007.
The Glasgow Airport attack occurred on the 30th June 2007 when a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters rammed into the doors of Glasgow Airports terminal and set ablaze. In the attack, the driver of the car was burned extensively, and five members of the public were injured, however none died. The day before, two car bombs had been discovered in London and it soon became clear that there was a link between this attack, and the attempted one that had been foiled.
The car had two occupants, Bilal Abdullah and Kafeel Ahmed, who were both arrested at the scene. Abdullah was a doctor of Iraqi descent and Ahmed was an Indian-born engineer. Allegedly, the two men left a suicide note indicating that they intended to die in the attack. Ahmed, the driver who had been burned extensively, succumbed to his wounds and died on the 2nd August. Abdullah was charged with and later found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 32 years.
In the aftermath of the attack and the subsequent trial, multiple British newspaper outlets reported on Abdullah’s alleged motives for carrying out the attack. He was allegedly acting to avenge a friend who had been killed by a Shia Death Squad during the Iraq War, and had been radicalised to do so after exploring the teachings of Al-Zarqawi and Al Qaeda. It was also reported that as a doctor, he had come to blame the rise of childhood Leukaemia on the use of depleted uranium shells that had been used during the 2003 invasion.
An interview by the Edinburgh News with Hicham Kwieder, the secretary of the Cambridge Muslim Welfare Society said he had often spoken to him after Friday prayers.
He seemed to me to be a genuine man, he looked fine and was often smiling. He was an Iraqi and spoke to me about Baghdad, his home city, and the problems his family faced as Sunnis. Although my conversations with him were always brief, he did tell me he was very unhappy about the situation in Iraq, where he felt his people were being dominated by the Shia people.