Published On: Fri, Apr 6th, 2012

Two charged in Somalia terror probe

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Scotland Yard believes it has smashed a London gang allegedly trying to fund terror in Somalia.

Mohammed Shafiq Ali, who works for a security firm used by Transport for London, and his unemployed twin brother Mohammed Shabir Ali have appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-olds plotted to raise funds through a “Darwar” religious stall in the UK and assist their older brother to commit acts of terrorism in Somalia with the cash.

They also allegedly possessed a document called 44 Ways To Support Jihad. The text was written by American-born Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed last year in a drone strike after leading al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The twins attended separate hearings at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where both were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on April 20.

Shabir Ali, from Bohn Road in Tower Hamlets, east London, appeared in the dock first, dressed in a white jacket, grey T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Prosecutor Louise Gray said Shabir Ali’s older brother, Mohammed Shamim, was believed to be in Somalia and Shabir Ali took “proactive steps to support his brother by thinking of how to raise money through ‘Darwar’ stalls and wanting to learn how to send money out there”.

His twin, who lives at the same address and has been employed by Carlisle Security for five years, appeared later, dressed in a white T-shirt and black trousers.

The twins’ alleged offences, which carry a sentence of up to life imprisonment, are said to have taken place between August 20 2008 and June 21 last year.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 30-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman remained in police custody.


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  1. osman5 says:

    It's good news to hear that the Scotland yard officers were quick on their feet and prevented a tragedy from happening. The alleged suspects were young Somali origins not Somalilanders.

    Osman Qaal

  2. Sir says:

    Somali Origin?? Aren't Somalilanders Somali origins as well? Who's true Somali origin in your comment?

    • naasir says:

      Sir,you should know by now we have people like Osman5 who are faceless no sympathy dead muslims,godane no one sees he from s/l he’s somali sheikh what ever his motive sir we have few informers on This website.

    • axmaq caadiya says:

      the Somali origin they come from the est Arab country and they are salamanders

  3. osman5 says:

    Read it again "Somali origins NOT Somalilnaders" Sorry I don't speak Gaelic, Sir.

    Osman Qaal

  4. osman5 says:


    Let me point out a couple of things to you:
    1) You don't know me therefore you shouldn't call me faceless, that's quite disrespectful.
    2) Whoever doesn't know between Somalilanders and Somalis is very ignorant when comes to East African history. I'm not obligated to teach you history lessons on this blog.

    Perhaps you should consider enrolling in high school, make sure East African history to be on your timetable. That doesn't only expand your knowledge about Somaliland but also enables you to become a better communicator.

    Osman Qaal

    • naasir ali says:

      Osman5,of course if someone making This sort of comment & behaving,i don’t Think They will attract good reply, may be you need history lessons somalis all walk’s of life The world sees The some. There are differences from region to region & That’s normal,i already finish my high school long time & have degree in engineering on my belt,They are people like you who have no clue what’s happening in This part of africa.

  5. saeed says:

    Salaam Aluykom all i quit disagree with brother Osman5, for the simple fact all are Somalis we might be from diffrant country but we all Somalis , somaliland is a state, country or what ever u name it but people from somaliland are Somalis also the Djibouti, look at the Arabs , from the gulf to the Niel in Egypt consider them self's Arabs.

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