UK: Muslim teens boast about becoming suicide bombers


(Sunday Mercury) GUN-toting members of a new Birmingham teenage gang are boasting about becoming suicide bombers, it was claimed last night.

The chillingly named Bang Bang Taliban have told community workers they want to dominate the city’s gangland – and that they would gladly be “martyred” as Islamist terrorists.


The gang, thought to be linked to the notorious Burger Bar Boys, mainly consists of Asian youngsters from the Handsworth area.

“They’re threatening rivals with violence and talking about becoming suicide bombers,” said one community worker, who asked not to be named. Their affiliation is with the Burgers, and nine out of 10 of their members will start off as couriers and runners for the bigger gangs.

“It’s a real shock to hear them talking about suicide bombings and grinning about it.

‘‘We have to educate these boys and get into the schools to help stop them getting involved. Someone is influencing these youths, someone is getting them involved in this.”

A group calling themselves The Bang Bang Taliban have posted rapping videos about gang life on the YouTube website.

In the songs, the singers boast about shooting rivals, using knives on other gang members and carrying out armed robberies.

The group’s videos have also attracted comments from Handsworth Police.

Last week, we revealed that West Midlands Police was using social networking sites and YouTube to politely convince gangsters to hand over their weapons.

Under the Bang Bang Taliban video Handsworth cops wrote: “Birmingham Reducing Gang Related Violence has spearheaded the work dealing with the issues surrounding gangs in Birmingham, with the aim of reducing gang related violence. Stop the guns, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The force posted similar messages under another gang video in which youths brandished shotguns and warned rivals they would ‘blow their heads off’.

Last night a West Midlands Police spokesman said that work to reduce gang violence remained a priority.

“Officers visit sites like YouTube on a regular basis and use their popularity to engage with young people,” he said.

Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan claimed earlier this month that Birmingham’s two most notorious gangs, the Burgers and the Johnson Crew could be wiped out within a few years.

But Dr Derrick Campbell, a government advisor on gangs and chief executive of Race Equality Sandwell, said he was sceptical.

“In my view, this statement is strangely naive,” he said.



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