Bilal Talal Samad Abdullah (Arabic: بلال عبد الله, Bilāl ‘Abdullāh; born 17 September 1980) was one of two terrorists behind the 2007 London car bombs plot and the 2007 Glasgow Airport attack. He is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum of 32 years.
17 September 1980
|Criminal charge||Conspiracy to murder|
|Penalty||Life in prison (min. 32 years)|
A resident of Neuk Crescent, Houston, outside Glasgow, Bilal Abdullah was born on 17 September 1980 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, where his father, also a doctor, worked. He qualified in Baghdad in 2004 and first registered as a doctor in the UK in 2006. He was given limited registration by the General Medical Council (GMC) from 5 August 2006 to 11 August 2007. He worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Ward 10, in Paisley as a locum house-officer in the diabetes department, dealing with outpatients at a drop-in clinic and obstetric clinics. He had links to the Sunni Wahabist sect and radical Islamic groups, and had been disciplined for spending too much time on the Internet at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He is also said to have come to the notice of the security service, after visiting Islamist websites.
2007 terrorist incidentsEdit
London car bombs plotEdit
There are indications that Kafeel Ahmed and Bilal Abdullah were behind the 2007 London car bombs plot, and investigations are being carried out to unearth a possible involvement with the deadly 2005 Indian Institute of Science shooting, an attack with unknown suspects who are still at large.
Glasgow Airport attackEdit
Abdullah was passenger in, and owner of, the Jeep Cherokee that was rammed into the terminal and set ablaze. The driver, engineer Kafeel Ahmed, died from third degree burns on 2 August 2007. Abdullah was charged with conspiracy to cause explosions. He was remanded in custody awaiting trial, and was ultimately given two concurrent life sentences, of which he was required to serve at least 32 years in prison.
While Ahmed was aflame in the car, Abdullah reportedly attacked Sergeant Torquil Campbell at the scene, to prevent him from approaching the burning vehicle, and running back to try to open the back hatch. During the scuffle, police officer Stewart Ferguson was spraying the burning man with a fire extinguisher. Popping and banging could be heard coming from the vehicle. A suicide note left behind indicated that they intended to die in the attack.
It has been reported that his motive was to avenge the death of a friend killed in the Iraq War by a Shia death squad, hate against the West over Palestine, and that he had been radicalized by the teachings of al Qaeda and al-Zarqawi. The Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir denies reports from the Telegraph that Abdullah was a member. During his own testimony during trial, Bilal said his motivation was avenging damage done to Iraq by the west through sanctions, the 1991 Gulf War (he blamed the rise of childhood leukaemia on the depleted uranium armour-piercing shells that were used), and the US and British 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Abdullah had been given limited registration by the General Medical Council (GMC) from 5 August 2006 to 11 August 2007. The GMC's interim orders panel made a determination, subsequent to the Glasgow Airport attack, that Abdullah's registration should be suspended for 18 months, as an interim measure. Since Abdullah's registration was already to expire on 11 August 2007, his registration was suspended only until then.
Abdullah is incarcerated in an undisclosed institution.
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