An Imam has warned that an Islamic extremist terrorist attack could happen in Ireland and a “cancer of hate” is being allowed to flourish in some Irish Muslim communities.
Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, of the Islamic centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin, said last night that he has warned repeatedly that more needs to be done to stop young Muslims being radicalised in Ireland.
He said the London Bridge atrocity and reports one of the killers had lived in Dublin were “absolutely shocking and worrying”.
“But it’s something that I have been saying for the past few years and now it’s confirmed,” he told the Irish Independent.
“I have been warning publicly that in Ireland there are individuals that are extremists and somehow they are being provided with a safe haven by certain Muslim leaders.
“By safe haven I mean that they are not being called out, they are not being identified, they are not being excluded, not being excommunicated from the community.
“In fact, they have the freedom to come to the mosques to spread their cancerous ideology to others in the Muslim community.”
Asked if a terrorist attack could happen in Ireland, he replied: “I believe that these extremists live in Ireland.
“This is a safe haven for them. So it would be very stupid of them to actually do something here because they would be raising the alarm and everything would be uptight, the security, and all that.
“But I think, at the moment, they have so much hatred that I would say that it is possible and God forbid that it happens. That would be my greatest concern.”
Dr Al-Qadri said he did not know Rachid Redouane, who spent a period living in Rathmines in south Dublin.
Meanwhile, residents in leafy Rathmines have expressed their shock and surprise after it emerged Redouane had lived in the area in recent times.