WORLD Fe­male ter­ror ram­page planned

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

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



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.

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