Henry Cooke reports more info on the Saudi bomb maker who was a student in NZ:
“One year before he left he changed – became more isolated, more religious, more enthusiastic about the Syrian revolution.
“He would watch the news all the time about it. He became enthusiastic, sympathetic with the jihadists.”
Alsalem said the death of another student Al-Saya’ari knew in the Syrian conflict was a factor in his radicalisation.
“Another student studying in New Zealand went to Syria and got killed as part of the Islamic State. I think that shocked him, and made him sympathise with the jihadists more.”
So he was radicalised while studying in NZ. A good reminder that we should not be complacent.