Security services to probe Norfolk teen link to letter
The security services have been asked to investigate an online manifesto by a female jihadist to confirm whether it was written by a Norfolk teenager who is believed to be in Syria.
The very personal document has apparently been written by Lena Mamoun and explains the reasons why she left friends and family to take up the cause of jihad.
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Lena Mamoun Abdel-Gadir, 19, whose father is a surgeon at King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is understood to have travelled to the Islamic State-controlled region of Syria in March.
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Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, has passed the document to home secretary Theresa May and Norfolk Police to ask them to establish whether it was indeed written by the Norfolk teenager, who was studying medicine in Sudan before travelling to Syria.
In the letter, the writer calls on other Muslims to join the jihadists. She says people will wonder why she left her comfortable life behind so suddenly.
She says: 'There are those who will point their finger and ask me, what am I, as a woman, doing here? I have but one question for them: What are you doing for the sake of Allah and why are you not here?'
And she is scathing of life among non Muslims, who, she says, are working for corrupt governments simply for better pay and an easier lifestyle.
Instead, she said she had gone to serve the 'ummah' – the worldwide Muslim community. The letter contains several references to medicine and the writer states: 'Jihad is by the sword, the pen and stethoscope'
She asks: 'To my loved ones who are doctors, where are you? Is your income better than working for Allah? To the doctors who spent decades studying! Where are you now that the ummah needs you?'
The document reproduces several religious tracts and talks of 'the kuffar' – a derogatory term for non-Muslims – and accuses them of killing Muslims. It suggests the kuffar should be held accountable for the deaths of Muslims around the world. She explains a defensive brand of Jihad has become necessary to try to 'salvage the ruins of Muslim countries' and that Jihad can become an individual obligation that everyone must serve.
The document was posted in a social media link sent from the Twitter account of a woman in Sudan - the country where Lena had been studying medicine before she is believed to have fled. The tweet said 'Letter from Lena Mamoun'.
Miss Abdel-Gadir, who was studying at Khartoum medical school in Sudan, was one of nine British students thought to have gone to hospitals controlled by Islamic State in Syria to help wounded people earlier this year.
Since her departure Mr Bellingham has been trying to help her parents in their fight to get her back home to Norfolk.
The MP said he was disturbed by the document, and added: 'The contents are really alarming. If these are genuinely her own words, then it's incredibly worrying. What it shows is the extent to which she has been radicalised and the influence she has been under.
'Some of this is so extreme that she is possibly guilty of inciting terrorist activity which is a very serious offence. I've been in touch with both the Home Secretary and the Chief Constable.'
After the teenager disappeared, members of her family travelled to Turkey with other parents in an unsuccessful bid to get the students back. The young people, five men and four women, all in their late teens and early 20s, reportedly flew to Istanbul from Sudan.
Miss Abdel-Gadir, from Ashwicken, near King's Lynn, said she wanted to 'volunteer to help wounded Syrians' and sent a smiling photograph of herself to her sister before crossing the border.
Privately educated at one of the region's leading schools, she went straight to medical school in the Sudan after achieving straight A and A* grades in her GCSEs. Medical students usually continue to A-Levels, but she excelled academically and gained a place at a Sudanese university.
Miss Abdel-Gadir's mother, Dr Huda Fawi, is a consultant paediatrician, and is also based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The police and Security Services are working hard every day to keep our country safe. Any publication which incites violence and crime will be investigated by the police but it is up to all of us to stand united against extremism, support the pluralistic values that underpin our society, and stop young and vulnerable people from being drawn into this kind of trouble.'
From: mamoun gadir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Louise.hepburn <Louise.email@example.com>
Sent: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:04
Subject: Ref.: Lena Gadir
To Miss Louise Hepburn
I believe that you came to my house twice over the last 24 hours and dropped a letter and copy downloaded from a site called (justpaste.it).
I reviewed your down load as well as opened the site and there is no evidence that it was written by Lena. This is a common Jihadist propaganda you find it exactly the same on many different internet sites. The reference of 3 years not necessarily relate to Lena. I contacted some people who in contact with Lena and the reply from her that it is not her who posted the contents.
I additions I believe you contacted my work place (QEH) who has nothing to do with my family life.
I find your interventions are very inappropriate, inconsiderate and insensitive for a family going through a difficult time.
I spoke to the chief police commissioner of King's Lynn who advised me that it is illegal for any body to publish information with no concrete evidence. I will take action against you if your acts bring any harm to Lena or our family.