Muslim who made jihad bomb threat in University of Houston Zoom call says it was all a joke

Of course! What else could it be? After all, it isn’t as if Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati is a “far-right extremist” or something really dangerous like that.

An update on this story. “Texas Man Accused of Making Bomb Threat During Zoom Class,” by Cameron Langford, Courthouse News Service, September 8, 2020:

HOUSTON (CN) — A 19-year-old man arrested after he allegedly made a bomb threat against the University of Houston during an online lecture and voiced support for the Islamic State group will make his first appearance in federal court Tuesday.

Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati, of Richmond, Texas, told FBI agents it was all a joke after he was recorded in a Zoom videoconference Friday asking a University of Houston professor, according to a criminal complaint filed against the teen that day, “What does any of this have to do with the fact that UH is about to get bombed in a few days?”

Al Bayati is facing two counts of making threats. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined.

After making the threat, Al Bayati said “Dawlatul Islam Baqia,” Arabic for “Islamic State will remain,” drawing gasps from students on the call, FBI agent Keith Fogg wrote in an affidavit supporting Al Bayati’s charges.

“Al Bayati then held up his index finger and repeated ‘Dawlatul Islam Baqia.’ Based on my training and experience, Al Bayati’s gesture of holding up his index finger, which is often known as the ‘tawheed finger,’ is sometimes an indicator of radical Islamic ideology,” Fogg wrote….

“He admitted to being on the Zoom call, making the statements, and claimed that the whole thing was a joke, devised by him and a friend,” Fogg wrote in his affidavit.

Al Bayati identified himself on the Zoom video as Abu Qital al Jihadi al Mansur….

“After Al Bayati told him he had joined the class as ‘Abu Qital,’ the friend asked Al Bayati to ‘say some Arabic shit and leave lmaooooo,’” court records state.

Fogg also found text messages on Al Bayati’s phone in which he bragged to friends that he is known as an Islamic State recruiter, according to the complaint….

According to Al Bayati’s criminal complaint, he used social media to find Islamic State supporters in an unnamed foreign city….

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