Somali in London knife attack whom police said was just mentally ill 'recommended Jihad terror books'

The British authorities have said Zakaria Bulhan – the 19-year-old Norwegian man of Somali descent arrested on suspicion of murdering American tourist Darlene Horton in London on Wednesday night and stabbing five others – does not necessarily have any links to Islamic terrorism.

However, Heat Street has found evidence that a person using the same name – Zakaria Bulhan – has listed at least one book advocating violent jihadism in their personal account on the Good Reads website since 2014.

Update: An exhaustive search of UK records by Heat Street shows there is only one person in the whole of Britain with the name Zakaria Bulhan. His date of birth is listed as May 1986 – making him 20, not 19 – and he is registered as living Tooting, South London.

It is a near certainty that this is the same person arrested by police and said to have ‘no links’ to terrorism, but merely to be mentally ill.

Between January 2014 and September 2015, Zakaria Bulhan flagged up as Good Reads three books on Islam and Islamist theology as texts they intended to read.

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