July 2, 2014
A British jihadist fighting in Syria has signalled that the UK should be afraid of the terror skills he has learnt after posting a photo of apparent homemade bombs. A Twitter account believed to belong to Nasser Muthana, 20, shows an image of a stack improvised explosive devices in a garage. Alongside it is the stark warning: “So the UK is afraid I come back with the skills I’ve gained.”
Muthana, from Cardiff, appeared in a recruitment video Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), last month. In another apparent Twitter posting, he shows a home-made weapon believed to be taken from an enemy Shia Muslim and adds: “Look what we found on this shi’i, glad tidings we’ll make sure his head is detachable.”
He describes himself as a “soldier of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham” on his Twitter profile and explains his beliefs as based on “a book that guides and a sword that supports it”.
Muthana’s younger brother Aseel, 17, is fighting alongside him and the teenager told the BBC he was willing to martyr himself for Allah. Aseel told BBC Wales programme Week In Week Out that there were “loads” of other men from Britain who have also joined up.
The comments made online by the men also appear to be celebrating the caliphate announced by Isis on Sunday and on Wednesday an 18-year-old from Cardiff was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences and police said they were investigating a possible connection to the British jihadists in the video.