Pantami, Mutallab and Al-Awlaki: The Story of Radicalization And Jihad

At the cusp of millennium, some prominent Salafi-Jihadi ideologues designed and adopted template with clearly define agenda. 

Amongst which are targetting impressionable Muslim youths particularly from affluent families — The home grown terrorists in Europe and America for radicalization and arms struggle.

Youth vulnerability and recruitment into terror network has a lots of factors tied to it.

One obvious case was the deep and profound influence of Dr. Ali Isa Pantami fiery lectures and sermons which impacted and influenced Omar Farouk Muttallab, the underwear bomber.

Young Muttallab grew up as a young pious child in the Northern Nigerian city of Kaduna.

However it’s yet to be established if he had ever met Sheikh Pantami in person but different law enforcement sources have confirmed Pantami as Mutallab’s first source of Jihadi inspiration.

Young Mutallab copiously made notes of Pantami sermons fiery rhetoric and virulent attacks on America in particular during his days at DARUL ISLAM lecture series in the Northern Nigerian city of Bauchi.

Law Enforcement officials are now trying to reopen and establish nexus between Pantami and Al Awlaki  two major Alqaeda ideologues and recruiters in Anti American campaign.

Anwar Al Awlaki, Yemeni American terrorist was killed in American drone attack AGM 114 HELLFIRE September 2011.

Editors Note: 

Omar Abdul Mutallab, popularly referred to as the “Underwear Bomber” or “Christmas Bomber”, is a Nigerian-born terrorist who, at the age of 23, confessed to and was convicted of attempting to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear while on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253, en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day, 2009.

He is currently serving four life sentences at Super Maximum Penitentiary at Florence ADX, near Florence, Colorado, United States.

The story was published by a French’s online, while we only reproduce it in English for our readers.


Pantami: A cabinet minister in Nigeria
Al-Awlaki: Killed in drone attack
Mutallab: Incarcerated for life

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