'As police intensified their investigation into an alleged terror attack in Westminster, the community where suspect Salih Khater lived in Birmingham reacted with shock – and scepticism.
The trustee of a local mosque said the crash was the latest incident being used to cast Muslims as the “bogeyman in society”, and urged people not to jump to conclusions.
Meanwhile, friends of the 29-year-old were unable to believe the avid footballer, former student and “very good man” could be responsible for an alleged act of terrorism.
Mr Khater is well known to the tightly knit Sudanese community in Birmingham, where locals said he had lived for several years after coming to the UK as a refugee during the ongoing civil war.
As journalists swarmed around the Sparkbrook flat where the British citizen lived until around four months ago, customers at the internet cafe below spoke of their shock.
“He seemed like a normal guy,” a member of staff told The Independent. “He seemed like everyone else, like the rest of our customers. He would come for a coffee and use the computers. You can’t stop anyone coming in here, everyone comes.”
Police raided the flat hours after the attack on Tuesday morning and left later the same day, having completed another search in Birmingham and a raid on a flat where Mr Khater used to live in Nottingham.'
Read more: Salih Khater: Shock and scepticism in Birmingham as community comes under microscope over Westminster 'terror attack'
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