Arsenal jihadi ‘euphoric’ hours before murdering seven as he asked a neighbour about hiring a van: Father of two, who had worked for London Transport and hid his hated of Western values behind ‘nice guy’ mask, tried to ‘radicalise children’

Arsenal jihadi ‘euphoric’ hours before murdering seven as he asked a neighbour about hiring a van: Father of two, who had worked for London Transport and hid his hated of Western values behind ‘nice guy’ mask, tried to ‘radicalise children’, by Katie French and a host of helpers at the Daily Mail.

The jihadi in an Arsenal shirt was ‘euphoric’ and asking about how to hire a van just hours before the London Bridge atrocity, it was claimed last night.

He could not contain his excitement during a conversation with a neighbour on Saturday afternoon. The neighbour said he wandered over and asked about his van and how much it would cost to hire one.

Hours later, the father of two, who had worked at KFC and for the Transport for London which is responsible for the Tube and buses in the capital, went on a bloody rampage with two twisted extremists which left seven people dead and scores more injured. The three terrorists were shot dead by police.

Neighbors:

Iketina Chigbo, who lives in the block of flats raided in Barking, said he saw the Arsenal-supporting jihadi just a few hours before the terror attack.

He said: ‘… ‘He was on another level of happiness and kept shaking my hand. He seemed almost euphoric. …

It emerged that the 27-year-old Muslim extremist appeared in a TV documentary last year about British jihadis – and was involved in a filmed altercation with police after an Islamic State flag was unfurled in a park.

Mr Chigbo added: ‘I’ve known him almost three years and we’ve had general chit-chat. We never had any suspicions, he seemed like a nice guy.’ …

A female neighbour said: ‘He didn’t interact with women in the area because of his views. He would happily talk to men but would ignore females. I only ever saw his wife if he was with her and she wore the full veil – I don’t think I ever saw her eyes.’ …

The Barking jihadi was described as ‘a nice guy’ by a neighbour who saw him hold a door open for an old lady two days before slaughtering innocent members of the public in the third Islamic terror attack in just over 10 weeks in the UK.

Some attack details:

Thirty-six people remain in hospital, including 21 in critical condition, following the attack last night.

A bystander was shot in the head after they were caught in the police crossfire and the incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Metropolitan Police revealed today. …

Australian waitress Candice Hedge is recovering in hospital after one of the terrorists ran up and cut her neck as she enjoyed a post-work drink at a bar.

New Zealander Oliver Dowling, 32, is in a coma after being stabbed in the face during the attack. His girlfriend, Maire Bondeville, was also injured although her condition is still unknown