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Police raid unlicensed Islamic school in east London
by Richard Adams, Aisha Gani, and Shiv Malik
Counter-terrorism officers have raided an unlicensed Islamic school operating out of a back street in east London with links to the extremist group al-Muhajiroun and a controversial Islamic radical.
Officials at Tower Hamlets council and the Department for Education fear the Siddeeq Academy may be operating as an unregulated school beneath its guise as a tuition centre offering subjects including Arabic and Islamic studies.
In the raid last week, police arrested Mizanur Rahman – also referred to as Abu Baraa – whose radical activities date back a decade. He was later released on bail. Rahman had previously been identified with the Siddeeq Academy and had told safety inspectors who visited the centre that he was its manager.
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