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April 11, 2011

Brazil school shooter spent 'four hours every day reading the Koran'

Topics: Understanding Islam

93aad93eb35de91a_1.jpgWellington Menezes de Oliveira murdered twelve children in a school in Realengo, a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro, last Thursday, and no where in the media was it reported that he was Muslim despite indications that he was a follower of Islam. Now there's more indication that the shooting was jihad-related:

[...] One of the shooter's sisters told the police, in testimony, that Wellington started to go to a mosque in Rio. In his letter, he describes the conflict: "I made mistakes with my family but I changed with the Koran and they do not trust me."
Clearly, his family had good reason to not trust him.

Robert Spencer notes that this story is rather like the attempted murders that Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar committed in North Carolina after making his own close study of the Koran. Spencer has more on the Oliveira jihad story.

Posted by Richard at April 11, 2011 6:22 AM

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