Perth family devastated as their ‘anti-violent’ son, named Muhammed of course, turns to jihad

MUHAMMED Sheglabo was incens­ed when he stood with his father watching the Sydney siege unfold last December, commenting that the gunman’s violent hostage-taking was unacceptable.

“He was condemning the act of terrorism, asking, ‘how could someone do such a thing?’’, says Abdullah Eshtewi, a spokesman for the Islamic Council of Western Australia. “He was very polite and always known to be anti-violent.”

Now the 23-year-old economics student, who arrived in Perth with his family from Libya four years ago, has been revealed as the first West Australian to have joined jihadist fighters in Iraq’s Islamic­ State-held al-Furat province, after flying out of Australia late last month.