Monday, 8 January 2018

Online couple guilty of Islamic State-inspired attack over Christmas

A couple who met on an online dating website have been found guilty of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack over Christmas.
Munir Mohammed, 37, enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan on after volunteering for a lone wolf mission directed by a man he believed was an IS commander on Facebook.
Mohammed, a Sudanese asylum seeker who arrived in the back of a lorry in February 2014, was arrested in December 2016 at his home in Leopold Street, Derby.

Police found two of the three components for the explosive TATP, manuals on how to make explosives, mobile phone detonators and ricin, a deadly poison.

Both he and El-Hassan, 33, of Willesden Lane, northwest London, denied preparing terrorist acts between November 2015 and December 2016.

An Old Bailey jury on Monday found the pair guilty of the plot and Judge Michael Topolski QC remanded the pair in custody, warning they face jail when they are sentenced on 22 February.

Following the verdicts, he said: "Munir Mohammed, you have been convicted of planning a potentially devastating terrorist attack by creating an explosive device and deploying it somewhere in the UK targeting those you regarded as enemies of the Islamic State.

"Rowaida El-Hassan, you share the extremist mindset with Munir Mohammed and you were ideologically motivated to provide him with support, motivation and assistance.

"You knew he was engaging and planning an attack. You knew he was planning an explosion to kill and maim innocent people in the cause of Islamic State."

BBC                 News.