Fanatic guilty of organising New Forest terrorist training camp

Mohammed Hamid

Mohammed Hamid

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A MUSLIM fanatic who boasted of being "Osama bin London" has been found guilty of organising terrorist training camps, including one in Hampshire.

Mohammed Hamid, 50, was also convicted of encouraging others to murder non-believers at the end of a four-month trial at Woolwich Crown Court, London.

One of the training camps was at Matley Wood, near Lyndhurst.

Three of Hamid's followers, Kibley da Costa, 25, Mohammed Al-Figari, 45, and Kader Ahmed, 20, were found guilty of attending terror camps in the New Forest and at a Berkshire paintballing centre.

Two further members of the gang, Mohammed Kyriacou, 19, and Yassin Mutegombwa, 23, admitted attending terrorist training camps, it can be reported today after restrictions were lifted.

Property manager Mousa Brown, 41, was cleared of providing and receiving weapons training and has been freed from custody.

The court heard Hamid led an al Qaida-style terrorist cell and aspired to send his recruits to join camps in Afghanistan and East Africa.

His pupils included five of the July 21 failed bombers, including ringleader Muktar Said Ibrahim, who attended Lake District camps in 2004.

A senior police source said officers would never know whether Hamid and Ahmet intended their followers to attack targets in the UK or overseas.

He said: "They were certainly doing paramilitary training for terrorism, Whether that was to be terrorism overseas or at home I do not know.

"But five of the people convicted of the July 21 attacks attended these camps. We could not rule out the possibility that these people would go on to commit terrorism here."

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