Friend of Downing Street bomb plotter convicted of trying to join Isis


A buddy of a person who plotted to blow up Downing Street and behead the prime minister has been convicted for attempting to turn out to be an Isis fighter.

Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, was planning to hitch the terrorist group in Libya when he unwittingly requested an undercover spy to assist him acquire a pretend passport.

His buddy Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman recorded a sponsorship video the pair hoped would acquire militants’ belief after he carried out a terror assault in London.

The footage confirmed Rahman, who deliberate to die in his assault on Downing Avenue, calling Imran his “brother in Islam” and wishing him “nice success”.

Rahman referred to his buddy utilizing his jihadi struggle identify “Abu Sikkeen”, which was the identify of on-line accounts used to view Isis propaganda and interact with safety service roleplayers.

The pair befriended one another on-line via their shared terrorist ideology and met in London and Birmingham, however police intervened earlier than both man may obtain their bloody goals.

Alexis Boon, performing commander for the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, stated: “The thought was that Rahman would kill the prime minister and Imran would subsequently have a video from a martyr recommending he be accepted into the terrorist organisation. Such a video would have held weight with Isis.

“In fact, this was by no means going to occur as a result of MI5 and the Counter Terrorism Command had been investigating the pair for a while and in reality a covert police officer had been assembly with Rahman to determine how critical his plans have been.”

Imran, a 22-year-old scholar from Birmingham, used encrypted messaging apps to debate his aspirations to mount an “operation” within the UK earlier than selecting combating for Isis overseas.

With a lot of the group’s former territories in Iraq and Syria retaken, he targeted on Libya – the place Isis has held ground in the ongoing civil war – as his vacation spot.

Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, was convicted of making ready terrorist acts for attempting to hitch Isis in Libya (Metropolitan Police)

In autumn 2017, he instructed a web-based contact that his mom had taken away his passport as a result of she was involved, however that he had £3,000 and will pay for a pretend or stolen doc.

The contact, “Abu Mohammed”, was a safety service roleplayer posing as an Isis member and claiming to assist Imran obtain his purpose.

“I simply don’t belief the kuffar who’re monitoring the whole lot,” Imran instructed the spy over Surespot messenger. “I’m a really paranoid particular person akhi (brother)”.  

Imran stated his examine for a certificates in well being and social care was merely “deception” for his true purpose to turn out to be a jihadi, voicing his hatred for the UK and more and more pressing needs to succeed in Isis’s so-called caliphate.

“I wanna destroy these kuffar (disbelievers),” Imran instructed the roleplayer. “I wanna hurt them as they’ve harmed us.”

He mentioned his plan with Rahman as he mounted the Downing Avenue plot, and the pair met twice whereas below surveillance.

Rahman was arrested whereas strolling down a London avenue with a pretend suicide vest and strain cooker bomb, which had been equipped by undercover brokers, on 28 November 2017. Imran was arrested little over an hour afterwards.

Police discovered he had collected Islamist propaganda and Isis paperwork on his digital units, together with a Kindle.

Imran, of Ombersley Highway in Sparkbrook, was convicted of assortment of data helpful to terrorists in a July trial alongside Rahman.

The jury was unable to succeed in a verdict on partaking in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, which associated to Imran’s plan to journey to hitch Isis, however he was discovered responsible on Thursday following a retrial.

Mr Boon stated: “Our police investigation has stopped Imran from becoming a member of Isis on the bottom in Libya, the place his subsequent actions may have assisted the terrorist organisation to additional their goals.”

Rahman beforehand pleaded responsible to partaking in conduct in aiding the preparation of terrorist acts, for the sponsorship video he filmed for Imran.

Jailing Rahman in August, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave stated performed a “key function” in encouraging Imran to journey to Libya and should have facilitated the dying of harmless folks.

Imran will likely be sentenced on the Previous Bailey on 25 January.

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