This time it was a convert to Islam, Damon Smith. British officials and British society in general are so solicitous of Islam, so afraid to do anything that might possibly offend Muslims, that they’re making it clear to native Britons that Islam is Britain’s future. Many are converting. And some of those are then turning to jihad.
“Pictured: Moment ‘ISIS inspired’ student, 20, ‘left ball-bearing bomb in a rucksack propped against a seat on a London Tube train before casually walking away to attend a lecture,'” by Martin Robinson, Mailonline, April 27, 2017:
Chilling footage shows the moment that an ‘ISIS inspired’ student from Devon allegedly left a ball bearing bomb on a Tube train in London.
Damon Smith, 20, allegedly packed a rucksack with explosives and ball-bearing shrapnel attached to a £2 Tesco clock timed to go off on the Jubilee Line.
Smith allegedly left the bomb on a carriage before changing his clothes and going to a university lecture, on October 20 last year, the Old Bailey heard.
CCTV shows him taking the rucksack off his shoulder and possibly putting the batteries in the device, then getting on the Tube on a Jubilee line platform.
Four minutes later he is seen getting off the train at London Bridge without the bag, which contains the homemade bomb and is propped against a seat by the door.
The weapons-obsessed teenager allegedly photographed himself in front of a TV showing ISIS’ Paris massacre mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the court heard.
Smith had previously printed off an al Qaida article entitled ‘Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom’ and made notes in green ink before shredding the sheets of paper, jurors were told.
Had the device worked, it would have exploded just as people were being ordered off the Jubilee Line platform at North Greenwich.
The court heard Smith had a keen interest in Islam, guns, explosives and gambling, and collected pictures of extremists, including the alleged mastermind of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
After he was arrested, the autistic student admitted making the device but claimed he only meant it to spew harmless smoke as a prank.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told how Smith grew up in Newton Abbot in Devon and moved to London with his mother in June last year before starting a London Metropolitan University computer course.
An only child, Smith was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autistic condition which can affect the way he interacts with people and result in a lack of empathy.
He also allegedly searched the internet for an Islamic State magazine featuring an article about the bomb said to have brought down a Russian airliner in October 2015.
A shopping list for ‘pressure cooker bomb materials’ was also allegedly found on an iPad ending in a note to ‘keep this a secret between me and Allah #InspireTheBelievers’.
On October 20 last year, Smith boarded a train from Surrey Quays to Canada Water before getting on the westbound Jubilee Line, then going back on himself at Southwark.
At 10.49am, the defendant, who had a freedom travel pass, got off at London Bridge leaving behind his rucksack containing the bomb set to explode minutes later at 11.02am.
There were at least 10 passengers in the carriage at the time and some of them spotted the bag and reported it when they got to Canary Wharf.
The driver took the bag thinking it was lost property and carried on towards North Greenwich, Mr Rees said.
It was while he was en route to the next stop that he noticed wire poking out of a clock.
Had the bomb gone off, it would have exploded just as passengers were evacuated from the area, the prosecutor said….
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