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Kafeel Ahmed’s body buried

Hasan Suroor

The site of the burial not disclosed


Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah charged with conspiracy

Sabeel Ahmed has also been charged


LONDON: The body of Kafeel Ahmed, involved in the failed terrorist attack on Glasgow airport in June, has been buried in accordance with the wishes of his family, it was officially confirmed on Wednesday.

The site of the burial was not disclosed. It was also not known whether any of his family members attended the funeral.

Dr. Kafeel Ahmed (27), who was from Bangalore, suffered 90 per cent burns when he drove a burning jeep into Glasgow airport on June 30, a day after the attempted bombings in London. Live television images of his body engulfed by flames were seen around the world as hundreds of shocked passengers watched in horror while an off-duty policeman tried to douse the fire.

He never recovered from his injuries and died on August 2 leaving behind many unanswered questions about his motive. More than two months after his death, a spokesperson for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service of Scotland said: “We have now had confirmation that the body of Kafeel Ahmed has been buried…The body has been released to the next of kin and has been buried in accordance with their wishes.”

Dr. Ahmed’s co-occupant of the jeep, an Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah, has been charged with conspiracy to cause explosions.

Dr. Ahmed’s younger brother Sabeel Ahmed (26), a medical doctor, has also been charged in connection with the attempted London-Glasgow terror plot. He is accused of having had information which he “knew or believed may be of material assistance in preventing the commission by another (person) of an act of terrorism”.

A Jordanian doctor Mohammed Asha has also been charged. Dr. Ahmed’s cousin, Mohammed Haneef, who was arrested in Australia after a botched investigation, has since been released and is now back in India.

Dr. Kafeel Ahmed did a postgraduate course in aeronautical engineering at Queen’s University in Belfast in 2001 and later studied for his Ph. D at Anglia Polytechnic University, renamed Anglia Ruskin University, in Cambridge. It was while in Cambridge that he was thought to have been radicalised after coming into contact with Dr. Abdullah.

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