Multiple media outlets rushed to identify Abu Izzadeen as the man behind the deadly attack in London on Wednesday only to find out that the alleged terror suspect is currently in jail, according to both a BBC News reporter and an ABC News producer.
News outlets, including the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News and The Independent both named Abu Izzadeen, a radical Muslim cleric formerly known as Trevor Brooks, as the man responsible for the attacks near Parliament, but a BBC reporter tweeted that the man is still in jail. ABC News producer Rym Momatz also confirmed through Izzadeen’s solicitor that he is indeed currently in jail.
The allegedly inaccurate story was picked up by American new organizations including the New York Post.
Izadeen was sentenced in January 2016 to two years in prison for breaching the Terrorism Act act by leaving the UK illegally, according to the BBC.
Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannpooulos posted a video on his Facebook page of old footage of police protecting Izzadeen, referring to him as a “terrorist suspect.” The post has been shared thousands of times and Yiannpooulos did not immediately issue a correction.
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