They sure don’t make Islamic extremists like they used to. The Daily Mail reports,
The former wife of Paris bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam has broken her silence to say he was a jobless layabout who smoked cannabis ‘all day every day’, never went to the mosque and had spent time in prison.
Ibrahim, 31, blew himself up outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe during Friday’s terrorist massacre in Paris, injuring three people, but only killing himself.
In an exclusive interview his wife Niama told how during their ill-fated two-year marriage the trained electrician did just one day of work, often smoking three or four joints a day.
Speaking from her home in Moleenbeek, Brussels, Niama, 36, said: ‘His favourite activities were smoking weed and sleeping. He often slept during the day. The number of joints that he smoked was alarming.
‘Despite his diploma as an electrician, he found no job,’ she said. In those two years we were married, he worked a single day. It made him lazy.’
Yet the story goes on to identify him as a jihadist.
Ibrahim, also known as Brahim, was one of at least eight jihadis behind Friday’s atrocities, which left 129 dead and at least 352 injured, while striking fear and terror across Europe.
Security sources suggest he had accidentally detonated the bomb early, after fumbling with the device as he embarked on a religious ‘war’ against the west.
Ibrahim’s younger brother Salah Abdeslam, 26, is the world’s most wanted man after police failed to arrest him when he crossed the border into Belgium after the attacks. Both brothers had been radicalised, the authorities believe.
But this new found religious zeal comes as a surprise to Naima, who did not want to give her second name for fear of her former husband’s terrorist associates.
She told MailOnline that her former husband never went to mosque or prayed – although he did keep Ramadan because his family forced him to.
Because Ibrahim – who, according to his family, had spent a ‘long time’ in Syria in recent years – didn’t have a job he stayed at home all day watching DVDs and listening to the Arabic hip-hop music they both loved, she said.
Money was tight for the couple. ‘We lived on unemployment benefit which was only €1,000 a month between us so we worried a lot about money.
‘We didn’t have children because we didn’t have the money to raise them.’
He did not follow current affairs and had no gripe against the west.
‘We didn’t keep up with the news – we didn’t even have a TV,’ she said.
So what is going on here? “Brahim” sounds more like these welfare whiners in the Netherlands than like a stereotypical religious fanatic.
How many other ISIS-related killers are so nominal? This might mean the idea of defiling the bodies of terrorists with bacon may not be as repulsive to them as we hoped. They may eat bacon.