Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen eight years ago, has inspired dozens of jihadi terrorists in the West
He helped radicalise London Bridge terrorist Usman KhanCredit: PA:Press Association
Khan, who stabbed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, to death near London Bridge on Friday, was said to have been radicalised by Awlaki’s recordings when he was jailed in 2012 over a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange.
Videos which glorify “martyrs”, encourage Muslims to use violence against non-believers and urge followers to create a global Islamic state remain on YouTube this week following the London Bridge attack.
The Counter Extremism Project (CEP), which aims to tackle online radicalisation and extremism, previously said it found evidence of 90 cases to terrorists who attacked targets in the West after being influenced by Awlaki material online.
The Sun Online today found videos where Awlaki calls for Islam to be ‘spread by the sword’ among non-believers who resist Islam.
The video was removed after we contacted YouTube owners Google.
In footage he says: “I’m very proud if it is the fact my ancestors… went by the sword, killed whoever of my ancestors did not want to become Muslim and then told the rest you become Muslim. I’m very proud of that because that saved me.”…Read More