UK: Muslim Teacher Convicted of Training Students for Terror


A teacher in the United Kingdom obsessed with ISIS was just found guilty of training an “army” of students to unleash knife and car attacks at spots around the country.

Umar Haque showed videos of beheadings to children as young as age 11.

Here’s news of his conviction:

He also had them reenact the Westminster terror attack — the one where a police officer was stabbed to death.

His goal?

To train a bunch of children to become jihadis who would then turn violent eyes on the streets of London.

The Daily Mail has more:

An ISIS-obsessed teacher used an Islamic madrasa school to train an ‘army’ of jihadi children who he hoped would unleash carnage on the streets of London.

Umar Haque showed beheading videos to children as young as 11 and made them reenact the Westminster terror attack in which a policeman was stabbed to death.

The 25-year-old wanted to train youngsters to drive cars ‘like Mujahideen’ before arming them with weapons to carry out atrocities at 30 targets around London, including Big Ben, Heathrow Airport and Westfield shopping centre.

Haque had access to 250 children over four years while working at two Muslim secondary schools and teaching after-school classes at a madrasa attached to a mosque in Barking.

Police believe he tried to radicalise around 110 boys and girls.

He had disturbing conversations with fellow teachers Abuthaher Mamun, 19, and Muhammad Abid, 27 about radicalising pupils and carrying out attacks.

Haque is also said to have known London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt who, with accomplices Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba, ploughed a white van into pedestrians before rampaging through Borough Market with knives last year.

The three men killed eight people and injured 48 before dying in a hail of police bullets.

After he was convicted of preparing acts of terrorism today, Haque leaped to his feet and yelled: ‘If I may just say that American and Europe, there will be a drought and you will see the Islamic State establish itself in the Arabian Peninsular.’

He was dragged to the cells by security staff.

The violent jihadist material he forced them to watch, including graphic videos from ISIS’s wars in the Middle East, means that 35 children are now in long-term deradicalisation programmes.

The children took part in ‘role playing’ exercises which involved them attacking police officers like in the Westminster terror attack.

One boy, aged 12, said: ‘We just pretend to hit them. Get them and slice it through the neck.’ Another boy said he wanted to kill the Queen.

Haque, who was listed as an ‘administrator’ at the independent schools, told students he had links to ISIS and they would themselves be beheaded if they told anyone about what he was teaching them.

His plot was uncovered after he tried to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey in 2016, a route commonly taken by those joining ISIS in Syria.

A search of his phone uncovered a huge haul of extremist videos and material, which he had accessed while planning his terror attacks in London.

As counter-terror police looked into his background, they realised he had been working at the Lantern of Knowledge private boys school in Leyton, the Hafs Academy in Newham and teaching ‘Islamic studies’ in the madrasa opposite the Ripple Road Mosque in Barking.

The Met’s anti-terror commander Dean Haydon said: ‘Haque abused his position at those venues and we believe he radicalised vulnerable children, aged 11 to 14.

‘His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London. His plans, though ambitious, were aspiration. They were long-term attack plans.’

Ofsted’s deputy chief inspector Matthew Coffey added: ‘It is of deep regret that this individual was able to work within the independent school system and expose his warped ideology to children.

Umar Haque had access to 250 children at two independent schools and a mosque over the course of five years.

2012: The administrator and self-styled teacher gets a job at the fee-paying independent Hafs Academy in Newham, east London.

It’s latest Ofsted report of 2016 says it is ‘inadequate’ and highlights ‘safeguarding’ issues and a failure to complete checks on new staff.

April 2015 to January 2016: Haque works at the Lantern of Knowledge, fee-paying independent Muslim school in Leyton, east London. It is given an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted at the time.

2016-2017: Haque is heavily involved in administration and teaching at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking where he trains children for terror attacks and swears them to secrecy. The Charity Commission is investigating.

April 11 2016: Haque is stopped at Heathrow Airport attempting to board a flight to Istanbul in Turkey. Counter-terrorism police and MI5 investigate.

His phone is seized and found to contain a large number of searches for terrorist attacks and executions.

May 11 2016: Haque’s passport is revoked under royal prerogative to prevent him travelling abroad.

January 24 2017: He is stopped by police for driving with no insurance.

March 26 2017: The first evidence arises where Haque, in conversation with Muhammad Abid, boasts about radicalising 16 children. The bugged evidence also reveals he is inspired by the Westminster Bridge attack.

May 17 2017: All four defendants are arrested and charged a few days later.

June 2017: The Department for Education orders an emergency Ofsted inspection which finds the Lantern of Knowledge ‘does not meet all of the independent school standards’.

August 3 2017: Haque is found guilty of the driving offence and disqualified from driving.

November 21 2017: Haque is further charged with attempting to radicalised children.

January-February 2018: Haque and his alleged helpers go on trial at the Old Bailey on a raft of terrorism charges.

Police reveal the 25-year-old attempted to radicalise 110 children.

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