Admits He's A Terrorist... But Says He Didn't Want To Kill
Bilal Abdulla is a doctor with dual
Iraqi and British citizenship who was arrested for
attacking Glasgow Airport in a burning
Jeep packed with gas canisters in June of 2007. He's
in court this week, and Bloomberg reports he's made an odd
combination of confession and admission.
The 29-year-old Abdulla says he does consider himself a
terrorist, but insisted to jurors in London Monday he had no idea
that his driver, Kafeel Ahmed, was going to crash the airport's
Abdulla says he was just going to the airport that day to buy a
ticket to leave the country, after participating in two failed
bombings in England earlier in the week. One was the infamous
Picadilly Circus nightclub car bomb made with gasoline, gas
canisters and nails, which did not go off.
Abdulla told the court his driver circled Glasgow airport with a
"stern, determined" face, then drove into a barrier at the main
terminal. He claims he repeatedly shouted, "What are you doing?" as
Ahmed gunned their Jeep towards the entrance.
"His foot was on the accelerator and he didn't respond to me at
all." Abdulla says Ahmed lit a bottle and handed it to him as they
sat amidst gas canisters. "I was engulfed literally in fire,"
Abdulla has admitted his failed bombs were intended to give the
British public "a taste of fear" to protest the nation's
involvement in the war in Iraq, but says the case against him is
"From day one we said we would not kill innocent people. I did
not intend to cause an explosion." he testified. "These materials
will not cause an explosion, only fire."
Another doctor, 28-year-old Mohammad Asha, is Abdulla's
co-defendant in the case. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Ahmed, the driver of the Jeep in the Glasgow attack, burned to
death at the scene.