A man known to be a close friend of the Manchester bomber has been found guilty of being an Isis sniper. Mohammed Abdallah, 26, was identified in official IS documents after he traveled to Syria with three friends in July 2014.
Abdallah's brother is Abdalraouf, 24, who is wheelchair-bound and directed his brother from their family home in Moss Side, South Manchester. Mohammed Abdallah was in Syria for two years fighting for the Islamic state in the Middle East before coming back to the UK in September 2016 where he was arrested at Heathrow Airport.
Abdallah was arrested upon arriving back in the UK thanks to thousands of documents containing names, addresses and contact details of registered IS fighters. Speaking after the conviction, Head of North West Counter Terrorism Dominic Scally said the file was an instrumental piece of evidence, "The file itself and being able to attribute that to Mohammed Abdallah was a really important piece of evidence for us."
At the trial, the court heard that the Abdallah brothers learned their fighting skills when they fought for anti-Gaddafi forces in the Libyan uprising in 2011. When they arrived back to Manchester, the battle-hardened pair of brothers hatched a plan to join Isis next. That is when Mohammed Abdallah traveled from Manchester to the Middle East in 2014 with three other men. The other men were, Nezar Khalifa, 27, Raymond Matimba, 28, and Stephen Gray, 34, all of whom had served in the RAF in Iraq.
Mohammed Abdallah's trial lasted three-weeks and jurors were shown IS registration form containing his name, date of birth and nationality which were all matched to his own.
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