Mother of slain British Al-Shabaab terrorist relieved
The mother of slain British Al-Shabaab terrorist, Thomas
Evan, said that she was relieved that he was killed because
he can no longer hurt innocent people.
“I think he is burning in hell for his heinous crimes” 57-year-
old Sally Evan told Sunday Times. Thomas Evans was
among a group of Al-Shabaab militants killed in Kenya in
June 2015 in a neutralized attack in a military base.
She said she was ‘devastated and relieved at the same
time’ when she received the news of her son’s death.
“Imagine discovering the death of your child on Twitter
and being both devastated and relieved at the same
this world was killed after being brainwashed into
pursuing a murderous cause. But relieved because the
death of your child meant that he could no longer harm
innocent people,” Sally recently said at an event
hosted by Quilliam, a counter-terrorism
Thomas Evans moved to Somalia in early 2012 after
converting to Islam and being radicalised in his early 20s,
and joined Al-Shabaab.
Sally said when Evans was in Somalia, he called her to say
that he had married a teenage girl.
“He gave her family an old cow so he could marry her.
but I can’t. I’m heartbroken for him and for this young
girl,” Sally Evans wrote in her diary on Christmas
Eve 2012, the report indicates.
She apparently argued with her son on phone about the
September 2013 deadly Westgate attack in Nairobi. She
was disturbed that the son she brought up ‘in a normal way’
thought it was okay to ‘murder innocent men, women and
children out shopping’.
Sally refused to obey a request from his son’s wife Sudea
who called her in January 2015 to send money, saying that
she didn’t want to seem to support terrorism. The next
thing she knew, her other son Michael showed her a Twitter
photo of a dead Evans alongside other Al-Shabaab
members killed in a botched terrorist attack in Kenya about
six months later.
She called Sudea to see how she was dealing with Evans’
death and says she could not believe when the her young
daughter-in-law said that say she was ‘happy because he
died a martyr fighting for what he believes in’