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Profile: Ramzi Mohammed
Four men have been convicted of a botched attempt to repeat the devastation of the 7 July attacks in London. One of plotters, Ramzi Mohammed, left a suicide note urging his family to "rejoice in happiness".

Ramzi Mohammed
Born August 1981, Somalia
Arrived in UK, via Kenya, September 1998
Lived in west London
Two children with his girlfriend
Indefinite leave to remain April 2005
21 July 2005: Attacked Tube at Oval station
29 July 2005: Arrested in North Kensington

Ramzi Mohammed was a Jekyll and Hyde character. On the surface he appeared to be a hard-working family man who had recently decorated his flat.

But in reality he was a jihadist committed with his co-conspirators to becoming what he regarded as a martyr for all Muslims.

Before he left on his fateful journey, he had penned a suicide note which was supposed to be read by his girlfriend and their two young children.

In it he wrote: "My family don't cry for [me]. But instead rejoice in happiness and love. What I have done [is] for the sake of Allah for he loves those who fight in his sake."

He told his sons: "Be good Muslims ... and you shall see me again in paradise, God willing."

In care

Mohammed was born in Somalia in 1981. Amid the civil war he ended up a young boy in a refugee camp.

Ramzi Mohammed's suicide note, reconstructed by police.

His father was press-ganged into one of the warring militias. As he and his brother grew older, his mother feared they would meet the same fate. In early 1998 they were sent to Kenya - and on 15 September 1998 they arrived in Britain.

He was initially put in the care of social services in Slough, Berkshire. But when he reached the age of 18 he got a flat of his own in the west London suburb of Hayes.

Given leave to remain for four years, he studied IT and in 2001 obtained a job in a bar at Waterloo station. At this time Mohammed was a Muslim by heritage only.

He drank, went clubbing and chased girls without ever thinking much about his religion.

Around 2003 Mohammed became more interested in Islam and started attending a mosque and going to Hyde Park Corner to listen to various speakers talking about religion and politics.

Firefighter Angus Campbell
CCTV shows Angus Campbell confront Ramzi Mohammed

By January 2004 he had begun associating with Muktar Ibrahim and Yassin Omar and was also regularly attending sermons by the now jailed preacher Abu Hamza at Finsbury Park mosque.

He would attend a weekly meeting of like-minded Muslims in East London, a circle to which other members of the conspiracy belonged.

By this time Mohammed had given up his bar job out of religious considerations and he became assistant manager at a branch of the American Bagel Factory chain.

But he had to give up that job as well, because it involved working with bacon.

Eventually he got a job with a merchandising firm called MSF.

He met a Swedish woman of Eritrean origin and together they had two children.

Plotter's literature

Although he would spend much of his time with his partner and their children, he would retreat to Dalgarno Gardens in North Kensington, west London, at night to sleep.

Steven Williamson QC, for Mohammed, said he took pride in the home, decorating it to a high standard. He asked whether a young man intent on killing himself would do such a thing.

Ramzi Mohammed
Ramzi Mohammed caught on camera fleeing the scene on 21 July

When police raided the property, they found extremist literature, including a book about fighting in Kashmir, well-known in jihadi circles. The book's author was Dhiren Barot, jailed for life in 2006 for planning multiple plots in the US and UK.

And by July his flat would be the base from which some of the 21 July bombers set out on what they believed would be their final journey.

After his bomb failed to go off at the Oval, Mohammed panicked and travelled back to his flat by bus, leaving his Fiat Punto parked in a street in Stockwell.

When he heard about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes he told Ibrahim he was too scared to leave the flat.

The pair stayed there until finally flushed out by armed police on 29 July.

During the trial, the jury heard that Mohammed had scrawled graffiti on his cell walls in Belmarsh maximum security prison.

"Al-Qaeda - the book that will guide you to victory," the words read. "Be patient... as you have been promised paradise."


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