London, Dec. 30 (ANI): Terrorism experts have accused the London university of being "complicit" in the radicalisation of Muslim students, such as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian-bomber who tried to blow up the Detroit-bound flight in Christmas Day.
The Telegraph quoted Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at the University of Buckingham, as saying that University College London, where Abdulmutallab was recently president of the Islamic Society, has "failed grotesquely" to prevent radical preachers from giving lectures on campus.
"I believe Abdulmutallab's radicalisation from being a devoted Muslim to a suicide bomber took place in the UK and I believe al-Qaeda recruited him in London. Universities and colleges like UCL have got to realise that you don't get suicide bombers unless they have first been radicalised," Glees said.
Douglas Murray, of the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: "UCL has not just failed to prevent students being radicalised, they have been complicit. If any other society at UCL invited someone to speak who encouraged killing homosexuals, that society would be banned immediately, but academics are afraid of taking action when it involves Islamic societies in case they are accused of Islamophobia."
In 2007, when Abdulmutallab was studying at UCL, the Islamic Society held a five-day series of lectures and seminars about the War on Terror, which have been criticised as anti-Western propaganda.
UCL has confirmed that Abdulmutallab was president of its Islamic Society from 2006-07, but has insisted he "never gave his tutors any cause for concern".
Among the other terrorists who have graduated from British universities are former London School of Economics student Omar Sheikh, who beheaded the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and former Kings College London students Asif Hanif and Omar Khan Sharif, who carried out a suicide bomb attack on a bar in Tel Aviv in 2003.
Abdullah Ahmed Ali, the leader of the 2006 liquid bomb plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, was a graduate of City University in London. (ANI)