Abu Hamza al-Masri

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Abu Hamza al-Masri is a radical Islamist cleric.[1]

Abu Hamza was born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa in Alexandria, Egypt, on 15 April 1958. His father was a naval officer and his mother was a primary school headmistress.[2]

He emigrated to England in 1979.[3]

In 1987, Hamza met Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, the founder of the Afghan Mujahideen, while undertaking the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.[4]

He visited Peshawar and Afghanistan in 1990.[5] He emigrated to Afghanistan in 1991.[6] Whilst in Afghanistan, he lost an eye and both hands in an explosion. According to some accounts, he was blown up by a mine while involved in construction or mine clearing operations. Other sources describe an accident while mixing explosives. He returned to Britain in 1993.[7]

Abu Hamza travelled to Bosnia in 1995 under name Adam Ramsay Eaman.[8]

In March 1997, Hamza was appointed the Friday preacher at Finsbury Park mosque.[9]

In 1997, he was contacted by MI5.[10]

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Notes

  1. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
  2. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
  3. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
  4. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
  5. Sean O'Neill and Daniel McGrory, The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Harper Perennial, 2006, p.18.
  6. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
  7. Sean O'Neill and Daniel McGrory, The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Harper Perennial, 2006, pp.22-29.
  8. Sean O'Neill and Daniel McGrory, The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Harper Perennial, 2006, p.30.
  9. Sean O'Neill and Daniel McGrory, The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque, Harper Perennial, 2006, p.30.
  10. Profile: Abu Hamza, BBC, 5 November 2010.
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