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Asylum seeker who killed British pensioner says he was seeking revenge on Gaza residents

LONDON (AP) — An asylum seeker from Morocco who went on a rampage after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack that sparked the war between Israel and Hamas was convicted Thursday of murder for stabbing a man from 70 years old on the streets of an English tenement. seaside town.

Ahmed Alid, 45, stabbed Terence Carney six times on October 15 in the center of Hartlepool minutes after attacking a sleeping housemate while shouting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is great” in Arabic.

The attack took place eight days after Hamas militants stormed into Israel on October 7 and Alid told police he did it “for the people of Gaza.” He swore he would have killed more if he had had a machine gun and other weapons, prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford told Teesside Crown Court.

Alid was also found guilty of attempted murder for the attack on Javed Nouri, who shared the north-east England house with him and other asylum seekers. Alid was upset that Nouri had converted to Christianity.

Roommates told police that Alid began carrying a knife after watching television coverage of Hamas attacks and Israel’s subsequent bombing of Gaza.

Alid laughed when he saw images of Hamas killings, alarming his roommate, Nouri told police.

“Every time they killed someone, they praised God,” Nouri said. “I was very upset that night and saw something terrible and frightening in his eyes.”

Nouri had complained to housing officials, the Interior Ministry and the police and Alid was warned that he risked losing his accommodation.

Alid told police he justified killing an innocent man because Britain helped create the ‘Zionist entity’ of Israel and Israel had ‘killed innocent children’ .

“They killed children and I killed an old man,” he said.

During his interview with two female detectives, Alid became agitated and attacked them. However, an alarm button in the interrogation room did not work properly and other police officers only intervened after Alid’s defense lawyer called an emergency number to get information. ugly.

He was found guilty of additional charges of assaulting the police officers.

Alid had denied the accusations against him. Although he admitted the stabbing, he said he had no intention to kill or cause serious harm.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 17.


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