The plan was to strike at an Elton John pop concert on 9/11, a date significant to jihadis since their defeat the siege of Vienna in 1683. A bomb designed for maximum pain, mutilation and dismemberment. A bomb with nails and shrapnel designed to tear through flesh and bone.
Attacks at concerts appeal to the devout because the audience is likely to be entirely Kuffar; any Muslims who happen to be present could be regarded as Munafiqeen — hypocrites.
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Teen who plotted Elton John gig nail bomb on 9/11 anniversary joins jihadi brother in jail
A TEENAGER who plotted to bomb an Elton John concert on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has been jailed for life.
Haroon Syed, 19, tried to get a suicide vest or machine gun and identified the Hyde Park event as a possible target.
He was snared online by officers from the British Security Service posing as a fellow extremist.
The Old Bailey heard the trigger for his radicalisation was the arrest of his older brother for plotting an Islamic State-inspired Poppy Day attack.
Syed, from Hounslow, west London, had admitted preparation of terrorist acts between April and September last year.
Mitigating, Mark Summers QC said it was a “crude, ill-thought-out” plan made at the behest of others.
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The 19-year-old identified an Elton John concert as a possible target
The court heard Syed had fallen under the influence of members of Al-Muhajiroun (ALM), the banned group linked to jailed preacher Anjem Choudary.
Despite the risk around the time of his brother’s arrest, Syed, slipped through the net of the Prevent anti-radicalisation team although his passport was seized in 2015.
Home Office approved de-radicalisation expert and Bradford imam Alyas Karmani told the court there should have been earlier intervention in his case.
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