Parsons Green terror suspect visited other refugees around the UK

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Yahyah Farroukh visited relatives in Scotland in the months leading up to the Parsons Green terror attack (Facebook)

One of the suspects in last week’s failed bomb plot in Parsons Green visited other refugees across Britain in the months before the attack.

Yahyah Farroukh visited relatives in Scotland, as well as fellow Syrian refugees that were houses in Bute after arriving in the UK.

The 21-year-old, who was arrested outside a chicken shop in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night, posed for photos with his family in Renfrewshire before making the trip to Rothesay on Bute in January 2016.

One islander told the Daily Record: “Rothesay is a small town and most people are aware that the bomber suspect has been on Bute.

The 21-year-old’s home in Surrey is being searched after his arrest (PA)

“Everyone is talking about it. He was here visiting friends. He came over on the ferry.

“There are a number of Syrian families who have come to stay here and there are no problems with them whatsoever.

“But we would be very concerned if someone suspected of links to terrorism was visiting here.”


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Neighbour’s of Farroukh in Surrey told the paper that his family also came from Scotland to visit hi in the months leading up to the attack.

One neighbour, Pat Hodge, said: “His lights are on all night, every night, and often there are three or four of them in there together.

“It’s frightening to think we’ve welcomed him to the neighbourhood and now he has been arrested over this terror thing.”

Police have been given more time to question Farroukh and an 18-year-old over the failed bomb plot at Parsons Green (PA)

Sabir Zazai, chief executive of Scottish Refugee Council, said it was “important we don’t mix up the women, men and children running away from war and terrorism with terrorists themselves”.

Detectives have been granted more time to question Farroukh and an 18-year-old over the Parsons Green attack.

Scotland Yard said magistrates had granted warrants allowing the 18-year-old to be held until Saturday September 23, and Farroukh until Thursday September 21.

The news came as fresh CCTV footage that appears to show the Parsons Green bomb suspect on his way to plant his homemade device, was discovered.