WORLD Female terror rampage planned
BRITAIN’S first female terror hit squad planned to attack the Palace of Westminster in a plot codenamed “A Mad Hatter’s tea party”, a court was told yesterday.
A mother and her two daughters were secretly recorded discussing an “Alice in Wonderland party”, which was code for a deadly knife rampage on the Houses of Parliament, it was alleged.
Safaa Boular, 18, is accused of recruiting her mother Mina Dich, 43, and sister Rizlaine, 21, to join the terror plot after she was inspired by an Islamic State fighter in Syria whom she planned to marry via Skype.
The would-be jihadi bride instructed her family from prison after being arrested for plotting a gun and grenade ambush on the British Museum with her British-Pakistani fiance Naweed Hussain, the court was told.
Safaa was just 16 when she met Hussain online in 2016.
He romanced her with promises they would wed and have children in Syria before detonating their suicide belts together to “depart the world holding hands, and taking others with them in an act of terrorism”, the Old Bailey was told.
They allegedly plotted to slay random members of the public at the museum armed with five Russian Tokarev pistols and grenades codenamed “pineapples”.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told jurors Safaa planned to “unleash violence and terror in the heart of London”.
He said: “She planned to launch an attack against members of the public, selected largely at random, in the environs of that cultural jewel and most popular of tourist attractions, the British Museum, in central London.
“This would have been an attack that would at the very least have caused widespread panic, but was intended to involve
SHE PLANNED TO LAUNCH AN ATTACK AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, SELECTED LARGELY AT RANDOM
PROSECUTOR DUNCAN ATKINSON
the infliction of serious injury and death.”
Hussain, 32, was killed in Syria on April 4 last year and Safaa was charged days later with planning to travel to Syria to commit terror acts.
But she was so bent on causing carnage that she got her sister Rizlaine to “carry the torch forward in her stead”, the jury heard.
Using “Mad Hatter’s tea party” as code for a second plot, the family were recorded talking to Safaa in prison on the phone about a knife attack on the Palace of Westminster, which they hoped to carry out on April 27 last year, it is claimed. The trial continues.