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Bomber told relative he wanted to 'die for Allah

20.08.07

Detectives investigating the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport have recovered a 'claim of responsibility' written by Kafeel Ahmed, the engineer and reported bomb maker who died from burns he suffered in the attack earlier this month, the Guardian newspaper has said. Mr. Ahmed suffered more than 90% burns after he drove a Jeep laden with improvised explosives into the airport terminal on June 30, in Britain's first attempted suicide car bombing.

Evidence recovered pointing to his role in the failed bombings in London and Glasgow includes an e-mail message sent just before the Glasgow attack talking of martyrdom; CCTV footage from one of the failed car bombings in London showing a man relatives say is Ahmed running away; evidence from a computer he used, showing visits to bomb-making websites; and information from his mobile phone, found in the smoldering Jeep. It has lead to Scotland's biggest ever cyber inquiry, which is still ongoing.

On June 30, the day of the Glasgow Airport attack, Mr. Ahmed, 27, sent a text message to a relative just after 13:30 containing a link to an e-mail and a password to access it, the newspaper reports. Two hours later the doctor of engineering crashed the Jeep into the terminal in a failed suicide attack.

Those who have seen the e-mail regard it as Ahmed claiming responsibility for the attempted attacks on London and the one he was about to stage in Glasgow, the newspaper says. It quotes a 'source' saying that Mr. Ahmed writes that his actions were carried out in the name of Allah. He says that his relative will be shocked to read what he is about to tell him about his involvement in terrorism, praises God, and says he wants martyrdom.

The relative opened the e-mail at 16:50 on the Saturday, 90 minutes after Mr. Ahmed had rammed the airport. From the e-mail, the source told the newspaper that it was clear he was expecting to die.

A Whitehall source adds that it is believed that Mr. Ahmed decided to attack the airport after fearing police would soon hunt him down, and that this meant that the planning was rushed. The Guardian says that police have CCTV images that show him running away from the scene of the first London attack, and scurrying away from a car the terrorists meant to explode. Relatives shown the images are said to be nearly certain it is him.

Police have also seized his computer and found evidence it had been used to scour websites on the construction of bombs and explosives.

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