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Crawley Suicide Bomb Suspect In YouTube Film
Video footage and pictures have emerged of a man suspected of being Britain's first suicide bomber in Syria.
In the YouTube film Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is shown dressed in white and appearing relaxed as he poses for pictures with fighters next to a lorry he allegedly drove into a jail in Aleppo and detonated a bomb last week.
In the first video of the married father of three appears not to understand when spoken to in Arabic.
He is heard to say in English: "I'm not a very good speaker...my tongue has got a knot in it", and added "...it should come from the heart and I can't do it".
The footage later shows the truck being driven towards the prison to the sound of small arms fire, and then a huge explosion, and a massive plume of smoke stretching into the sky.
It is thought to be the first time a Briton has staged a suicide attack in the war-torn state, where rising numbers of UK-born extremists have gone to fight.
Photographs have also been published of Majeed looking relaxed and smiling with local children, at a refugee camp on the Turkey/Syria border.
In one picture, he is seen wearing pink Minnie Mouse-style ears while he cuddles a child.
In another, he is pictured kneeling surrounded by children as they give the peace sign.
Counter-terrorism officers have been searching Majeed's home in Martyrs Avenue in Langley Green, Crawley, West Sussex - the ex-home of schoolgirl Sarah Payne's killer Roy Whiting, according to neighbours.
Majeed, known as Waheed, left Britain six months ago, telling his family he was going on a humanitarian mission to Syria.
Arif Syed, 59, a community leader in Crawley, where Majeed was born, said Majeed would phone or Skype his family every few days, but communication was lost with him more than a week ago.
When news emerged about the suicide bombing in Syria, the family of Majeed - who is of Pakistani origin - started to panic, he added.
Majeed's uncle, Mohammad Jamil, 65, said Majeed - who is a father of two boys and a girl aged 18, 16 and 12 - had never shown any sign of extremism.
However, extremist preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed told the London Evening Standard that Majeed was "a very dear brother".
He claimed Majeed had been an active student and valued member of the banned extremist al Muhajiroun organisation between 1996 and 2004 and had wanted to further the "Muslim cause".
Speaking at Broadfield Mosque in Crawley, Mr Syed said Majeed's family and the local community had no knowledge of his apparent links with Bakri.
Mr Syed said: "What Bakri is saying from Libya is all heresy. We have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever."
He added that the family had had no confirmation that Majeed was behind the attack.
Mr Syed accused the authorities of a "witch-hunt" by raiding properties when the local Muslim community had offered full co-operation.
Mr Jamil said the family would "be shocked" if official confirmation emerged that Majeed was the suicide bomber.
"As far as the family are concerned, he went for humanitarian reasons," he said.
"The family had no suspicions at all that he was in line to do something like this."
Sussex Police have said that their investigations were continuing as tensions in the Crawley Muslim community are said to be running high over the issue.
Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said: "There has been no formal identification of the man and therefore we cannot confirm who he is or where he is from.
"There has been a lot of media and social media coverage around Syria and we are working with the local community to reassure and engage with them regarding this. We are a community which always pulls together and supports each other."
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