Terror Suspect's Height 'Made Disguise Easier'
By Sky News
| November 5th 2013
|The suspect as he entered the mosque (l) and as he is thought to have left|
A friend of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed has told Sky News his small stature may have helped him disguise himself as a woman.
The 27-year-old, who is understood to have connections with the al Shabaab terror group, escaped police surveillance on Friday by changing into a burka at a mosque in west London.
He was being watched under a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure to "prevent his travel to support terrorism overseas", the Home Secretary said.
Mohamed's friend, a 26-year-old Somali shopkeeper in Acton, revealed the man being hunted by police is known as "Little Mo".
He did not want to be identified, but said: "He's only around 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in so perhaps that was why he got past the cops dressed as he was - he probably wouldn't stand out as a man in hiding.
"I saw him last on Wednesday before he disappeared on the Friday - he seemed fine.
"I never suspected anything like this that the police were watching him.
"It is unbelievable to think it is him."
The friend said they used to play football together in Acton Park and used to enjoy nights out going clubbing in central London.
He added: "He didn't smoke, didn't drink and was quiet but could also be very funny - he liked a joke and could be a comedian."
But after returning to west London from Somalia, Mohammed became much quieter and withdrawn.
He said: "When he came back it is like a person you didn't know, he was not talking to people he used to know before."
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