A new arrival in Birmingham...
GUN-toting members of a new Birmingham teenage gang are boasting about becoming suicide bombers, it was claimed last night.
The chillingly named Bang Bang Taliban have told community workers they want to dominate the city’s gangland – and that they would gladly be “martyred” as Islamist terrorists.
The gang, thought to be linked to the notorious Burger Bar Boys, mainly consists of Asian youngsters from the Handsworth area.
“They’re threatening rivals with violence and talking about becoming suicide bombers,” said one community worker, who asked not to be named. Their affiliation is with the Burgers, and nine out of 10 of their members will start off as couriers and runners for the bigger gangs.
“It’s a real shock to hear them talking about suicide bombings and grinning about it.
‘‘We have to educate these boys and get into the schools to help stop them getting involved. Someone is influencing these youths, someone is getting them involved in this.”
A group calling themselves The Bang Bang Taliban have posted rapping videos about gang life on the YouTube website.
In the songs, the singers boast about shooting rivals, using knives on other gang members and carrying out armed robberies.