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Career criminal with 17 ­aliases and ‘terror links’ got a job at Heathrow Airport

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Career criminal with 17 ­aliases and 'terror links' got a job at Heathrow Airport
Terror suspect Abdullahi Mohamud had a security pass for Heathrow Airport in Middlesex (Picture: Getty)

Heathrow Airport has been accused of employing a terror suspect and sex offender with 17 aliases after failing to conduct thorough enough background checks.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamud is also believed to be on an official terror watchlist and had access to Heathrow’s runway.

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The 31-year-old has a criminal record including robbery, assault, money laundering and threats to kill.

He was also interviewed five times by anti-terrorist officials in the past two years following two terror charges which were later dropped because of insufficient evidence. They related to alleged hoaxes ­involving a bomb and a harmful substance.

However, Heathrow airport bosses allegedly failed to carry out a full background check before he started work as a kitchen porter in a first-class lounge.

A security source told The Mirror: ‘How can somebody with a criminal past like this slip through the net?

‘Even if he hadn’t been a terror suspect his convictions should have meant he wasn’t allowed anywhere near a plane – let alone our busiest airport.’

Career criminal with 17 ­aliases and 'terror links' got a job at Heathrow Airport
More than seven million people use Heathrow every year (Picture: PA)

In 2015 Mohamud was convicted of sexual assault and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Mohamud reportedly lied about his past during a job interview and started his job on Tuesday. It is claimed that he even took a photo of himself in the airport and boasted about using a loophole to get his job.

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However as soon as his past, including five years in jail, became known to his bosses his security pass was revoked and he was sacked.

MailOnline reported a Heathrow spokesman said: ‘We would like to reassure those who may be worried about this story that no security breaches have been made and Heathrow airport remains safe.

‘The conditions of this temporary pass required the individual to be constantly escorted by a permanent member of staff. He was also subjected to robust and thorough airport security search, each time he gained access to certain areas.

‘The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and Heathrow follows and is compliant with Government regulations, which ensured checks were in place to limit airport access to this individual.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Heathrow Airport for further comment.

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