Councillor wants to shut down Bridgeman's mosque

A COLD Coast councillor wants to close the mosque where Toowoomba teenager Oliver Bridgeman attended.

National media is reporting that slamic group Ahlul Tawheed has reopened in the Southport Red Cross building after being evicted from a premises in Davenport St at the start of last year.

Mr Bridgeman is thought to have attended the mosque when he converted to Islam while at the Gold Coast.

Ahlul Tawheed is a youth and educational organisation which teaches about the Qur'an and Sunnah "as it was understood by the first three generations (of Muslims)".

Cr Crichlow told The Sunday Mail she wants groups "with radical views" to be removed from operating in her division.

She is reportedly planning to check with council staff to see if the group is allowed to operate from that site.

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In May Federal counter-terrorism police intelligence suggested Mr Bridgeman was "in the conflict area" in Syria and had "aligned himself with a proscribed (terrorist) group".

On Thursday Mr Bridgeman, 18, used his Facebook account to speak for the first time since it was reported that he had left Australia to fight alongside terrorists in Syria.

Mr Bridgeman claimed media had "blown everything out of proportion and written blatant lies" about his activities.

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