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Muslim teen plotted savage London Bridge knife attacks in the cause of Islam

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‘ISIS-obsessed’ teenager, 19, ‘watched beheading videos at his parents’ Surrey home before buying a hunting knife using his father’s PayPal account for a London Bridge-style terror attack’

  • Haider Ahmed, now 19, is accused of plotting attacks similar to London Bridge
  • He was 16 and 17-years-old and living with his parents in Surrey at the time
  • The former Reigate College pupil allegedly bought 15-inch knife from a friend

By Charlie Bayliss and Duncan Gardham For Mailonline, 20 February 2019

‘ISIS-obsessed’ teenager, 19, ‘watched beheading videos at his parents’ Surrey home before buying a hunting knife using his father’s PayPal account for a London Bridge-style terror attack’

Haider Ahmed, now 19, is accused of plotting attacks similar to London Bridge
He was 16 and 17-years-old and living with his parents in Surrey at the time
The former Reigate College pupil allegedly bought 15-inch knife from a friend

By Charlie Bayliss and Duncan Gardham For Mailonline, 20 February 2019

Haider Ahmed, now 19 (pictured), was 16 and 17-years old when he was accused of plotting an attack while living with his parents in Redhill, Surrey

A teenager with a ‘warped and unswerving’ interest in ISIS was plotting a deadly terror attack similar to what happened at London Bridge and Westminster, a court heard.

Haider Ahmed, now 19, was 16 and 17-years old when he was accused of plotting an attack while living with his parents in Redhill, Surrey.

Ben Lloyd, prosecuting, told Kingston Crown Court that Ahmed was a loyal ISIS supporter and planned to use a 15-inch hunting knife given to him by a friend.

Imdadul Karim, 24, of Streatham, south London, also appears to have been a keen ISIS supporter or ‘at least had a keen interest’ and was happy to sell the knife to Ahmed, jurors were told.

Ahmed bought the knife after setting up a PayPal account linked to his father’s bank account.

Mr Lloyd said Ahmed, a former student at Reigate College, had ‘no legitimate reason’ to buy a dangerous weapon and that he told others its purpose was to ‘further the cause of IS’.

He told the jury: ‘He purchased the large hunting knife to enable him to use it for terrorist purposes.

‘You will be aware of other attacks on the streets of London and indeed elsewhere in the world in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by knife-wielding IS-supporting terrorists.

‘Ahmed was, the prosecution say, no different to those individuals. He would have been happy to die in the cause as he told others.’

Ahmed (pictured at London Bridge train station) denies plotting a terror attack

One image found on his phone showed a mocked-up ISIS passport with the words: ‘That one way ticket to jannah [paradise].’

He also considered using the knife to steal a Rolex watch in a street robbery at his college in order to raise money to travel abroad and join the group.

An image of the 15-inch knife which Ahmed is alleged to have purchased

Ahmed developed a twisted obsession with ISIS executions and began to watch and send them online, Mr Lloyd said.

He started viewing such videos in March 2016 and Mr Lloyd said his interest proved it was ‘not a temporary aberration or the result of some childish or naive fascination but it was instead reflective of his warped and unswerving mindset’.

Ahmed ‘understood what he was getting himself into’ when he started sharing graphic content, including an image of an ISIS killing with the message ‘some spy got beheaded’, Mr Lloyd said.

The jury was told of another image of a man who had been shot in the head, as Mr Lloyd said the brutality reflected Ahmed’s ‘general callous disregard for the life of someone being killed but is indicative … of his terrorist mindset’.

One person who he sent the video to replied ‘Bullseye’, to which Ahmed replied: ‘Watching on TV HD. lol’.

Ahmed was also talking to someone called ‘Carl Drogo’ on Telegram, in order to travel from Nigeria to Libya.

Afterwards he asked: ‘Have u encountered any battles yet? How’s life there?? Can u send pictures if that’s possible?’ and was sent pictures of Drogo posing with weapons.

‘Me and u always use to dream of hijrah [emigrating] lol. But Allah swt [glory be to him] chose u first,’ he added.

Mr Lloyd said: ‘The intention of that individual was to fight for Isis and as the evidence reveals he went on to do just that.’

Ahmed posed on Telegram under the alter egos James Butler and David Richmond but was actually running a chat room called Baqiya United Group (BUG) a reference to the ISIS slogan of defiance, ‘It will remain’.

Ahmed used Telegram website to send a contact called Abu Dawud a video from Khilafa News of a man in an orange jumpsuit with explosives around his neck being decapitated.

Among videos he sent to himself on the encrypted Telegram forum was one showing a live prisoner being killed, with advice on which type of knife to use.

The video contained instructions about how to carry out a lone wolf attack, including where to stab someone with the message: ‘Explanation of how to slaughter the disbeliever’.

Karim and Ahmed spoke on WhatsApp about how they hoped ‘Allah’ would ‘hasten the release’ of jailed radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, the court heard.

Ahmed also talked to someone on WhatsApp about Muslim scholars in September 2016 and it is clear he regards Osama bin Laden as a good scholar, Mr Lloyd suggested.

He told the jury: ‘I doubt that the thousands killed and injured on September 11 2001 would regard Osama bin Laden as a good scholar.’

Ahmed was also in contact with someone using the name ‘Repunzel’ whom the prosecution say was IS member and British Islamic militant Abu Sa’eed al-Britani.

It shows that far from being a naive teenager, Ahmed was ‘by September 2016 at least sufficiently well connected to be in touch with a prominent member of IS,’ Mr Lloyd said.

Ahmed denied engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between July 2016 to July 2017.

Karim denied involvement in a terrorist funding arragment by making the knife available to Ahmed between July 1 to November 30, 2016.

The case continues.

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