Reading terror suspect's mum says 'if he's a terrorist, England made him a terrorist' after triple stabbing

THE Reading terror suspect's mum today said 'if he's a terrorist then England made him a terrorist' after three were stabbed to death in a park bloodbath.

Khairi Saadallah's mum, speaking from her home in Libya, said her son "loved Western life" and was "spoilt" following his arrest on Saturday.

Dramatic footage showed him being detained after teacher James Furlong, American pal Joe Ritchie-Bennett and scientist David Wails were stabbed while socialising in the centre of Reading. Three others were injured.

Details have since emerged about Saadallah's bizarre claims he was a boy soldier fighting Gaddafi in Libya's civil war before moving to the UK. He also once told pals he fought for ISIS.

But his relatives today denied he is a terrorist.

His mum, speaking from the family's three-storey villa in Tripoli, said: "He has been in England eight years.

"If he is a terrorist, England made him a terrorist."

His family also bit back at people labelling the 25-year-old , claiming he's led a spoilt, 'Western' life.

A second sister, 36, who asked not to be named said: “He had a spoilt life.

“We live in a big house, with three floors.


"He had a car. He has his own room. He went to private school."

Speaking to Sky News, two of Saadallah's siblings also claim they last spoke to their brother on Friday night – a day before the attack.

They said Khairi sounded "sad and alone," and believed he was "maybe depressed."

Mohammad Saadallah, his brother, described the suspect as someone who "loves life, loves to live the western fashion, clothes and western routine.

"He likes to go and enjoy the pub, he likes to enjoy pictures, and he likes to go to the sea."

His sister added: "Libya is his homeland but the United Kingdom is his country."

In 2011, Saadallah, the second youngest of seven siblings, fled the family home in Tripoli, Libya, and joined another brother in the eastern city of Benghazi.

He has been in England eight years. If he is a terrorist, England made him a terrorist

According to his older sister, before he moved, he would drink and smoke – but when he returned, he had changed.

She said: "He was ill.

"He was not happy with the results of the revolution. The Islamists took over the country through elections.

"They took over the militias. He thought the fighting was for nothing."

Saadallah enrolled at a local college, but dropped out before travelling to England to treat his alleged PTSD.

The 25-year-old lived with his brother in Reading – before he was kicked out.

He then was offered help by a church, and fell in love with a devout Christian woman who persuaded him to convert, according to his sister.

Saadallah's relatives also offered their condolences to the victims of the Reading attack following the brutal triple stabbing.

In a message posted on Facebook, one of his three sisters wrote: "RIP. My condolences to the families. Am really sorry for them."

This comes after a man claiming to be the Reading terror suspect's brother defended him, writing: "This is not true. Khairi defended himself … racist countries. Freedom for my brother Before !!”


"We are not terrois [sic] and f**k England. #The_kingdom_of_racism."

Saadallah is currently the only suspect in the terrorist attack which happened in Forbury Gardens in Reading on Saturday evening.

He was detained and arrested at the scene, before being re-arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He has at least one previous conviction for a "minor violent offence," Sky News reported, and he is thought to have spent at least 12 months in jail.

None of the suspect’s previous convictions are believed to be terror-related, but security sources have told the BBC he was known to MI5.

Saadallah is also thought to have been previously charged with affray, assault by beating, and possessing an offensive weapon following an altercation with a Sainsbury’s security guard who had accused him of shoplifting. 

A neighbour of Saadallah's, who gave his named only as Adam, told the Sun that Saadallah had been "in and out of prison".

“A few months ago he threw his TV off the balcony and started smashing up his flat," he said.

"Police were called and he was recalled to prison. He only got out about three weeks ago."

Describing the Reading attacks, Lawrence Wort, 20, a personal trainer from Chippenham, said: "A lot of people sat around drinking with friends when one lone person walked through.

"Suddenly shouted some unintelligible words and went around a large group of around 10, trying to stab them.

"He stabbed three of them, severely in the neck, and under the arms, and then turned and started running towards me, and we turned and started running.

"When he realised that he couldn't catch us, he tried to stab another group sat down.

"He got one person in the back of the neck and then when he realised everyone was starting to run, he ran out the park."

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