Homophobic preacher Trevor Brooks named as Parliament attack terrorist
A homophobic extremist preacher with multiple convictions has been named by Channel 4 News as a suspect in the horrific attacks outside the Houses of Parliament.
Three people were killed and 20 injured in the terrorist incident today in the centre of London, when a man ran a car into a crowd on Westminster Bridge, before stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.
The attacker was shot by police and later died.
Channel 4 News has named the suspect as Trevor Brooks, a fundamentalist Muslim preacher known to authorities, who preached under the name Abu Izzadeen.
Brooks, a British national who was born in London, was first charged with terror-related offences in 2006 and was jailed in 2008 for inciting terror.
At the time, prosecutors said Brooks and his associates had “crossed the line” with their intolerant hate speech, noting anti-gay material.
They said: “Their views are by ordinary standards, among other things, intolerant, racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic.
“They actually encouraged others to join in the jihad in Iraq, to join the insurgency and to take up arms against American and British forces serving there.”with homophobic hate speech.”
Brooks had been an associate of radical Islaimst group Al Muhajiroun, which was banned in the UK.
The banned group was headed by extremist preacher Anjem Choudary who has called for gay people to be stoned to death. Choudary is currently serving a prison sentence for supporting the so-called Islamic State.
Choudary claimed previously that he thought those found guilty of “sodomy”, where there are four witnesses, should be stoned to death under Sharia law, which he said should be implemented worldwide.