Mohammed Abdallah – who was linked to Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi – has been convicted of being a member of ISIS
A Libyan terrorist with close links to Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi is facing jail for sneaking into Syria to become a sniper for Isis.
Mohammed Abdallah, 26, travelled to the war-torn country with help from his disabled brother Abdalraouf, 24, who came to the UK for NHS treatment and then set up a ‘communications hub’ for Muslim extremists.
The pair were part of a network of Isis fanatics in south Manchester who were mostly jailed or killed before Abedi murdered 22 Ariana Grande fans and injured 120 others in a horrific suicide bomb attack on 22 May.
Abdalraouf was shot and left paralysed from the waist down while he and Mohammed fought with Islamist groups battling Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Tripoli, Libya, in August 2011.
When the Abdallahs fled to the UK later that year Abdalraouf was given a wheelchair and treated at central Manchester University Hospital at vast expense to the taxpayer.
Abdallah and Abedi were among a network of extremists in Manchester who fought for ISIS
The paraplegic jihadi then acted as an Isis recruiter, using Skype and encrypted messaging apps to help terrorists source guns and cash and get from the UK to Syria undetected.
Mohammed was given £2,000 and a heavy duty Russian machine gun by his brother’s contacts before he crossed the Turkish border into Syria on an unknown date in 2014.
The supermarket worker returned to the UK in September last year and was arrested by counter terror cops after being outed as a ‘specialist sniper’ when an Isis defector handed secret files to Sky News.
Today, he was found guilty of one count of being a member of Isis, one count of possessing a firearm for terrorist purpose and one count of possessing £2,000 for terrorist purposes following an Old Bailey trial.
The jury of six men and six women had deliberated for three hours.
Mrs Justice McGowan adjourned sentence until tomorrow.