Australia: Teenager Converts to Islam, Plans Jihadist Massacre at Home, Opts to Blow Himself Up in Iraq Instead

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Why didn’t what Jake Bilardi learned at the Hume Islamic Youth Center counteract what he was hearing from Mirsad Kandic? Why did the true and peaceful teachings of Islam, which he must have been hearing in the Youth Center (or not?), convinced the young Bilardi that Kandic was twisting and hijacking the noble religion of peace? Why do Australian authorities, like authorities around the world, never reflect on such questions?

“How an awkward teenager was radicalized by ISIS in his bedroom after his mother’s death, slipped into Iraq and blew himself up in a suicide bombing that shocked Australia, and his even more horrifying ‘Plan B’”, by Aidan Wondracz , Daily Mail Australia, November 12, 2022:

…Jake Bilardi, 18, shocked Australia with a suicide bombing attack in Ramadi in central Iraq, some 110 km west of Baghdad, in March 2015.

How he went from being a suburban Melbourne boy to a teenage terrorist blown to pieces 800 miles from home was only revealed seven years later.

Bilardi converted to Islam after her mother died of cancer and became radicalized in her bedroom after meeting an ISIS mastermind online…

He was in year 10 when he began visiting the Hume Islamic Youth Center, where he was introduced to the teachings of Islam and eventually converted.

Bilardi became radicalized online while spending hours on her bedroom computer before connecting with ISIS mastermind Mirsad Kandic.

Kandic, 40, was a high-ranking member of the terror group responsible for recruiting radicals abroad and sending them to fight in Syria.

Bilardi was angry that he had not found a way to get out of Melbourne and fight abroad and noted his frustration on his blog ‘From Melbourne to Ramadi: My Journey’….

Bilardi had given up all hope and began working on his ‘Plan B’, which involved a knife and bomb attack in Melbourne.

He bought six 500g containers of barium nitrate, an ingredient used to make a homemade explosive, but stopped building his plan when he met Kandic.

Kandic, 40, was a high-ranking member of the terror group responsible for recruiting fighters abroad and sending them to fight in Syria.

The ISIS recruiter said he could help Bilardi get into Syria and gave him a list of things to do to prepare.

Bilardi was told to learn Arabic, do cardio to train for battles on the front lines, and fly to Istanbul pretending to be a tourist.

He paid extra to have his passport expedited before booking a flight to Istanbul for August 25, 2014.

CCTV footage showed Bilardi wearing a traditional Arab scarf as she checked in for her flight at Melbourne airport.

Bilardi called his brother Chris in October, where he was pressured to return home.

“I don’t know what he’s accomplishing,” Chris said. ‘Maybe I’m accomplishing something for you, because you think it’s benefiting you, that you’re going to heaven or something.

But it is not benefiting anyone else. You’re going to be killing innocent people.

Soon after, Bilardi was ordered to join seven other suicide bombers for a mission in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji.

It was canceled just before Bilardi was to detonate his bomb and it would not be until March 2015 that he received his new orders.

Bilardi then blew himself up in a suicide mission against the Iraqi armed forces in Ramadi in central Iraq.

The attack was a failure: no one was killed and only a few vehicles were damaged.

Chilling excerpt from Bilardi’s blog

“As my martyrdom operation approaches, I want to tell you my story, how I went from being an atheist student in prosperous Melbourne to being a Khilafah soldier preparing to sacrifice my life for Islam in Ramadi, Iraq.

Many people in Australia probably think they know the story, but the truth is that this is something that has remained between me and God (azza wa’jal) until now.

“My life in the working-class suburbs of Melbourne was, despite having its ups and downs like everyone else, very comfortable.

I found myself excelling in my studies, just like my brothers, and had dreamed of becoming a political journalist.

I always dreamed that one day I would travel to countries like Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan to cover the situation in these lands…

“As only five years old at the time of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, my knowledge of the operation was basically non-existent…

“It was from my research on the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan that gave rise to my disdain for the United States and its allies, including Australia.

It was also the beginning of my respect for the mujahideen that would only develop into a love for Islam and ultimately bring me here to the Islamic State, but more on that later…

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