Radical Muslim gangs whose members aspire to be suicide bombers have formed in Birmingham in England’s West Mislands County, the Sunday Mercury reports.
The new gang, called Bang Bang Taliban, is known for creating YouTube videos with rap songs performed by the group’s members. The report says the members are mostly Asians and are connected to another gang called the Burger Bar Boys.
“They’re threatening rivals with violence and talking about becoming suicide bombers,” the Sunday Mercury quoted one anonymous community worker as saying.
Police Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan is optimistic that the problem can be tackled, surprisingly claiming that the Bang Bang Taliban and Burger Bar Boys gangs could be squashed in a few years. The report quoted another advisor to the government as describing Coughlan’s statement as “strangely naïve.”
Muslim gang activity in the United Kingdom caused a huge stir in 2006 when Asian gang members killed a 15-year old boy in Glasgow for no reason. The attack was launched as a reprisal for a fight in a nightclub that was not related to the victim. The boy was kidnapped, at which point witnesses heard him screaming, “I’m only 15, what did I do?”
The boy was driven 200 miles away, stabbed, beaten, and then burnt alive. The body was dropped back off in Glasgow. Three of the murderers fled to Pakistan.
British prisons are becoming home to quickly-growing Muslim gangs as well. The Observer reported in May that a secret government reported warned that the gangs were taking control of maximum-security prisons.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Gangs Supporting Suicide Bombings Forming in UK