Youth centre was bond for teenage jihadists

FOUR young Melbourne men who have joined Islamic State — including two teenage suicide bombers — regularly attended the Hume Islamic Youth Centre or were fans of one of its sheiks, who publicly stated “there is jihad in Syria”.

Jake Bilardi, who this week carried out a suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, had been a regular at the centre and fellow former Melbourne teenager Adam Dahman listed one of its leading sheiks among his “likes” on Facebook before he detonated a bomb vest in Baghdad last July.

That sheik, Melbourne-born cleric Khoder Soueid, last month used his Facebook page to claim it was unfortunate that “every effort has been made to ensure that Muslims are removed far away from the path of jihad, the path of establishing an Islamic state, the path of applying the laws of Allah and the path of fighting against the tyrants and their master”.

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