Malcolm Grant, Provost and President of UCL writes in the Times Educational Supplement about revelations that the only suspect in the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a graduate and former President of the UCL Islamic Society.
What induced this behaviour remains a mystery. He has not emerged from a background of deprivation and poverty. He came from one of Nigeria’s wealthiest families. He was privately educated, and to a high level. He gained admission to University College London, […]
Admittedly, there is one basic point which, despite Abdulmutallab’s education appears to have eluded him: namely, what to do when collecting his reward of 72 virgins, if he had pursued a course of action which blew his cock off.
Still, there appears to be a pattern emerging. Abdulmutallab is the fourth former President of a London-based ISoc to face terrorism-related charges in three years. Yassin Nassari, of Westminster University, was convicted for attempting to smuggle qassam blueprints to the UK; and Waheed Zaman, of the London Metropolitan University, is one of four men awaiting retrial for the liquid bombs plot.