UK police paid Muslim linked to 7/7 leader to train officers on ways to combat terrorism

London, May 9: A Muslim who attended a training camp organised by known extremists with the ringleader of the July 7 suicide bombings was later paid by British police to teach officers how to combat terrorism.

According to the Daily Mail, Tafazal Mohammad, 46, was described at the inquest into the Al Qaeda-inspired attacks in London as a suspected 'terrorist sympathiser' who was twice placed under surveillance by MI5.

Yet he received more than 80,000 pounds of taxpayers' money to lecture Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officers, council workers and youth leaders on how best to 'engage' with Muslims.

Families of 7/7 victims reacted with disbelief at Mohammad's lucrative consultancy work.

Mohammad ran an Islamic bookshop in Leeds with Mohammed Sidique Khan who, along with three other bombers, launched Britain's deadliest terror attack since the Lockerbie bombing, killing 52 innocent people in 2005.

Last night, Patrick Mercer MP, a former Conservative security spokesman, accused the police of 'gross incompetence' for failing to carry out checks.

He was quoted, as saying: "How someone who has been the subject of surveillance by MI5 for alleged extremism can end up teaching counter-terrorism officers beggars belief."

The Metropolitan Police admitted that it failed to vet Mohammad before sending about 20 officers on a course run by his consultancy, Muslim Youth Skills, in June last year.

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