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North Carolina ties to London bomber suspect

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Submitted by L (United States), Apr 7, 2006 at 11:29

North Carolina bears close watching. Hisham Sarsour, who spoke at the MSA West 2005 Conference, knew one of the Al Qaeda London subway bombing suspects, Magby Mahmoud Mustafa el-Nashar. In 2000 el-Nashar went to the same Islamic Center of Raleigh near the campus of North Carolina State Univ. where El-Nashar, was a graduate student for a semester in 2000, studying chemical engineering (He'd received his undergraduate degree from Cairo University.) After the 2005 London bombings, triacetone triperoxide was found in el-Nashar's apartment, according to the Times of London. TATP is the same substance used by Richard Reid. A past MSA (Muslim Students Association) president, Sarsour has confirmed that el-Nashar attended the Islamic Center of Raleigh, stating "there was nothing distinctive about him."

Sarsour himself bears watching. Sarsour said at the January 2005 MSA West conference, "The failure in Iraq that we see is good for the world and good for the American people and good for the Muslims." He also thinks himself a comedian, when referring to "freedom" calling it "free dumb."
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