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The Department for Education as well as the Birmingham City Council have widened their parallel investigations of an alleged plot by Islamist radicals to take over local schools, and are now looking at 25 schools in the area. Former staff at the schools have alleged that boys and girls were segregated, non-Muslim staff were bullied, sex education was banned, and that extremist views including those of al Qaeda were promoted. School trustees have dismissed the allegations.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which is accused of planning attacks from the UK, warned that it will sue the government if an investigation results in restrictions on its UK activities. Authorities arrested a 17-year-old male linked to the escape of Shabaab terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed from a London mosque last year. A member of Parliament complained of the "glacial pace" of a probe into claims that up to 12 Birmingham schools have been targeted for takeover by Islamists. Hassan Tabbakh, 44, a convicted terrorist bomb-maker who possessed al Qaeda literature, challenged an order requiring him to wear an electronic tag.
Prime Minister Cameron has commissioned a study of the Muslim Brotherhood; reports have emerged that a number of members of the organization, which has been banned in Egypt, have set up operations in the UK. The head of the Prison Officers' Association warned that a steep rise in the number of 'convenience Muslims,' inmates who converted primarily to gain privileges accorded to Muslim detainees, is creating insecurity in the prisons and a growing threat of radicalization. Feroz Khan and Fuad Awale, two inmates already serving life sentences for murder, were found guilty of threatening to kill a guard in the days following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby last summer. They had also demanded the release of radical cleric Abu Qatada.
Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said the UK needs to do more to combat extremism in the Sahel-Sahara region, where jihadists have "put down roots," and that there is no sign yet that African countries are capable of dealing with the increasing threat on their own. A video was released showing British jihadists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham in the province of Hama in Syria calling for more recruits from Britain.
Authorities are investigating reports that four Birmingham schools were targeted for Islamist radicalization; Zahoor Iqbal, a former "achievement mentor" at one of the schools, was convicted in 2008 for supporting terrorism. Police arrested two men and a woman from Manchester, and a man from Oxford, on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses; a Manchester man is thought to have died fighting in Syria last month.