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The UK is a bloody war zone.

The jihad cell supported ISIS and sought to harm “others that they considered to be infidels,” Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Police also discovered air rifle components including a silencer and telescopic sight, two Samurai swords in scabbards, various powders and a variety of improvised homemade fuses.

Salah comments which included “Muslims never ever going to [be] successful till they doing jihad.”

‘ISIS-supporting’ Iraqi Kurds ‘plotted to use DRIVERLESS CAR in terror attack and stockpiled explosives in their chip shop flat while seeking UK asylum’

  • Andy Star, 32, stockpiled materials capable of being used as an explosive device
  • He schemed alongside Farhad Salah, 23, to carry out attacks in the near future
  • The ‘ISIS supporting’ pair had previously sought asylum in the UK, a court heard
  • Both men appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon on terror charges

By Rod Ardehali for Mailonline, 4 September 2018:

Two ‘ISIS supporting’ Iraqi Kurds who had sought asylum in the UK plotted to carry out a devastating terror attack using explosives and a driverless car, a court heard.

Andy Sami Star, 32, stockpiled 506g of viable low explosive material, fireworks, a wine bottle containing sulphuric acid and fuses in a flat above a chip shop in Sheffield to produce a homemade bomb.

He schemed alongside Farhad Salah, 23, to carry out attacks in the near future at an unidentified location.

The pair supported ISIS and sought to harm ‘others that they considered to be infidels’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Salah allegedly was a habitual user of social media and would regularly ‘like’ Facebook videos posted by others which glorifies the martyrdom and the military activity of IS fighters.

But the plot was foiled and police swooped in 6am raids on December 19 last year, a court heard.

Officers forced entry to The Mermaid fish bar in Chesterfield, South Yorkshire and arrested Star, who was wearing only a pair of white sports shorts.

Salah was apprehended by police after being arrested at the Fatima Community Centre in Sheffield where he was living.
He schemed alongside Farhad Salah, 23, to carry out attacks in the near future at an unidentified location.

The pair supported ISIS and sought to harm ‘others that they considered to be infidels’, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Officers forced entry to The Mermaid fish bar in Chesterfield, South Yorkshire and arrested Star in December 2017

A Senior forensic case officer concluded there were several partially constructed explosive devices and a number of already functioning devices at the fish bar where Star worked and lived.

A quantity of viable low explosive material and improvised pyrotechnic fuses were also discovered, jurors heard.

Both men deny preparing to commit acts of terrorism and are standing trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

They are accused of researching the manufacture of explosive substances and obtaining the component parts including chemicals in order to construct improvised explosive devices.

It’s also alleged they manufactured and tested explosive substances and improvised explosive devices with a view to committing attacks in the United Kingdom.

Opening the case, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said: ‘We will never know how these defendants met and quite what the level of contact was between them.

‘We do submit that they were sufficiently associated with one another to discuss homemade explosives and jointly to research and manufacture and test them with a shared intent.

A Senior forensic case officer concluded there were several partially constructed explosive devices and a number of already functioning devices at the fish bar where Star worked and lived.


Over the course of the next few days, officers found cylinders made from plastic and foil, homemade fireworks, lengths of copper piping, a wine bottle containing sulphuric acid

‘The prosecution allege that Salah and Star had decided that improvised explosive devices could be made and used in a way here in the UK that spared their own lives preferably but harmed others they considered to be infidels.

‘It is the prosecution case that both Salah and Star supported Islamic State and jointly prepared to commit acts of terrorism on its behalf.’

Officers searched Star’s fish bar and found a small fridge had been placed directly below the ceiling hatch that provided access to a loft, it was said.

Over the course of the next few days, officers found cylinders made from plastic and foil, homemade fireworks, lengths of copper piping, a wine bottle containing sulphuric acid.

Star’s web searches indicated an interest in Islamic State. On 3 November he googled the name of an IS commander and also searched for ‘ak47 sniper’, a court heard

The armed forces were drafted in to carry out controlled explosions in the flat above the fish bar, a court heard.

Police also discovered air rifle components including a silencer and telescopic sight, two Samurai swords in scabbards, various powders and a variety of improvised homemade fuses.

Police simultaneously raided Salah’s address and upon arrest told him he was suspected of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

In the days leading up to his arrest, Salah was in contact with ‘like-minded people’ and sent them a graphic video glorifying the military prowess of Islamic State, a court heard.

On 4 November a video file was created on his iPhone which showed a person at night outside throwing an object up into the sky, a court heard

On 7 December, Salah also posted on Facebook comments which included ‘Muslims never ever going to [be] successful till they doing jihad’.

In another message to ‘I am not Snow to be Melted’, he said: ‘My only attempt [sic] is to find a way to carry out martyrdom operation with cars without driver everything is perfect only the programme is left…’

‘In other words he was attack planning. But he was not planning alone,’ added Miss Whyte QC.

‘Star was obtaining the materials necessary to conduct small test runs with explosives and Star was making those devices in his flat.

‘Salah in turn was communicating his intentions to other people.’


Star was granted asylum and indefinite leave to remain with no restrictions on his ability to work in 2010. By the time of their arrests, Salah’s asylum claim had still not been determined

Star’s web searches indicated an interest in Islamic State. On 3 November he googled the name of an IS commander and also searched for ‘ak47 sniper’, a court heard.

On 4 November a video file was created on his iPhone which showed a person at night outside throwing an object up into the sky, a court heard.

The object is seen to explode and the caption on the moving image reads ‘Homemade Fireworks’, it was said.

Salah arrived in the UK in 2014 and sought asylum. Star’s date of entry is not known but he applied for asylum in 2008.

Star was granted asylum and indefinite leave to remain with no restrictions on his ability to work in 2010.

By the time of their arrests, Salah’s asylum claim had still not been determined.

The trial, which is expected to last three to four weeks, continues.

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