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A man linked to two bomb blasts in Stockholm at the weekend had stormed out of a mosque in England several years ago and never returned after its leader challenged him over his radical ideas. Taymour Abdulwahab, a Swedish national of Middle Eastern origin who died in one of the blasts he is believed to have triggered, attended an Islamic Center in the town of Luton, southern England, and also studied at the local university. (Photo: Islamic Centre in Luton, December 13, 2010/Eddie Keogh)
Farasat Latif, secretary of the center, told Reuters that Abdulwahab had spent three to four weeks at the mosque in 2006 or 2007 during the month of Ramadan. "He was very friendly, bubbly initially and people liked him. But he came to the attention of our committee for preaching extremist ideas," Latif told Reuters.
Latif said the centre's chairman took Abdulwahab aside and told him that his views were incorrect and a "distorted view of Islam." He was told not to air them again, but after initially agreeing, he resumed preaching his radical views.
"When we realized that he wasn't going to stop our chairman decided after the early morning prayer in front of the entire congregation to expose him and his views without naming him," Latif said.
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