Bomber who studied in NZ 'was just a normal person'

Editor’s note: Articles like this attempt to soften the threat, by saying that he was just a normal guy, so sho would have known? This actually makes the threat more serious, as there is no way of knowing who is going to ‘radicalise’. 

A man deemed to be one of the worst bomb makers in Saudi Arabia lived and studied in New Zealand for five years — something that has shocked his unsuspecting former classmates.

Taye’ Al-Say’ari and another man were killed in a shoot-out in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, on Sunday over a planned attack on one of Islam’s holiest sites, the Medina mosque.

Immigration New Zealand said Al-Say’ari entered the country in July, 2008 on student visas before leaving in November, 2013.

Massey University in Auckland has confirmed someone with a very similar name studied a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in mechatronics at their Albany campus from 2010 to 2013.

A university spokesperson said it was likely Al-Say’ari left because his Saudi Government scholarship had ended.

Massey University’s Muslim Student Association president Sinan Al-Jawadi said he didn’t know Al-Say’ari personally.

“But I have some friends from Saudi Arabia that studied the same Bachelor’s degree, they know this guy and are actually shocked about the news they heard about him.

“They said that he was just a normal person and was very good in his studies, and he actually taught people who were studying in their second year while he was in his first.”

Al-Say’ari disappeared…

Read more