Extremists plan US Embassy protest
Published 05/05/2011 | 10:42
A radical cleric is planning to spark fury by protesting against the killing of Osama bin Laden outside the US Embassy in London.
Anjem Choudary, a known supporter of the world's most notorious terrorist, says he will lead a "funeral prayer" and call on US authorities to return the body to relatives.
The former UK leader of the outlawed al-Muhajiroun and member of the "poppy burning" Muslims Against Crusades extremist group is calling on fellow extremists to join the demonstration on Friday afternoon.
He has already warned of another 7/7-style terror attack in the wake of bin Laden's death. Britain has followed the US in placing its embassies, diplomatic missions and military bases around the world on heightened alert in recent days.
Domestic attacks and "more intense fighting" in Iraq and Afghanistan will be sparked within days, Mr Choudary said.
He said supporters in the UK loved bin Laden "the way they care about their own parents".
"I think Britain is more likely to face a 7/7 today than ever," the sharia law lecturer said.
"This will encourage more people to participate. He became a figurehead leader, someone who sacrificed a lot for the Muslim community. He gave his wealth, he sacrificed a lot for the sake of others."
The US Embassy has not been warned of the planned protest. A source at the embassy in Grosvenor Square said: "We have not heard anything about it, he has not been in touch."
The decision to drop bin Laden's body into the North Arabian Sea was taken to avoid creating a shrine for the dead al Qaida chief, the US said.