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Yasin Abu Bakr (born Lennox Philip) is the leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, a Muslim group in Trinidad and Tobago. The group staged an attempted coup d’état in 1990.


Abu Bakr, a former policeman, converted to Islam in 1969 after an Egyptian preacher visited Trinidad.[1]

In the 1970s he lived in Libya as a guest of Muamar Gaddafi.[1] Upon his return to Trinidad he founded Jamaat al Muslimeen.[1]


In 1990, 100 of Abu Bakr's followers stormed the Trinidadian parliament and took the Prime Minister hostage.[1] Abu Baker surrendered to police six days later, and spent 2 years in jail.[1]

Murder of Naipul-CoolmanEdit

As of March 2007, three members rumored to be part of Abu Bakr’s organization, the Jamaat al Muslimeen, have confessed to their role in the kidnapping, rape, murder, and dismemberment of local businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman. They have since been acquitted.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The man who led the Western world's only Islamist coup". 3 March 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Lawyers: Free the acquitted 7". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday Archives. 2 June 2016.

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