The Cambridge, Mass. mosque attended by Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also has been linked to the terror group Islamic State (ISIS) and several other radical Islamists, The New York Post reports.
When the connection to the Boston bombers was initially reported, the Islamic Society mosque quickly issued a statement saying that the house of worship did not promote extremism and even noted that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had once been reprimanded over an extremist outburst during a sermon.
But reporting by Paul Sperry for the Post found that six more people with terrorist ties also have attended Islamic Society, including its founder and a prominent member of ISIS.
Abdurahman Alamoudi, who founded the mosque, was convicted on several charges in 2004, including taking part in the Libyan conspiracy to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. In 2005, the Treasury Department said Alamoudi had raised money for al-Qaida in the United States.
And just last week, the FBI announced a manhunt for Ahmad Abousamra, one of ISIS’ top social media officers. He is thought to be behind recruiting Westerners using Facebook and Twitter. He attended the mosque along with Tarek Mehanna, who is serving 17 years for conspiring to kill shoppers in a Boston mall.
Abousamra is believed to be in Syria, fleeing the same charges faced by Mehanna.
Aafia Siddiqui also has been linked to the mosque. She is the former MIT scientist who became an agent for al-Qaida. She currently is being held in a Texas prison for planning a chemical attack on New York. ISIS has repeatedly brought up her name when offering an exchange for American prisoners.
And Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the mosque’s trustees, is a leader in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood who has been banned from the United States after issuing a fatwa that urged the killing of American soldiers.
Jamal Badawi was also a trustee. He was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a plan giving $12 million to Palestinian suicide bombers.
Though the mosque says it is moderate, Charles Jacobs, head of Boston’s Americans for Peace and Tolerance, told the Post it has hosted pro-jihad speakers and that its library includes jihadi texts including some by Osama bin Laden mentor Sayyid Qutb, who was hanged for plotting the assassination of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Mosque leaders also have defended some of their members convicted of terrorist activities, the Post reported, including seeking lenient sentences and holding fundraisers and rallies.