Cou­ple on ter­ror plot charge met on Mus­lim dat­ing site

Irish Independent - - World News - Jonathan Gray

A COU­PLE plot­ted an Isil-in­spired at­tack on Bri­tain with a home-made bomb or deadly ricin poi­son af­ter meet­ing on a dat­ing web­site, a court has heard.

Would-be “lone wolf” Mu­nir Mo­hammed vol­un­teered for a “new job in the UK”, in Face­book com­mu­ni­ca­tions with a man he be­lieved was an Isil com­man­der, jurors were told.

He had al­legedly en­listed the help of phar­ma­cist Rowaida El-Has­san, draw­ing on her knowl­edge of what chem­i­cals were needed to make a bomb.

At the time of his ar­rest last De­cem­ber, Mo­hammed had two of the three com­po­nents for TATP ex­plo­sives and in­struc­tion man­u­als on how to make ex­plo­sives, mo­bile phone det­o­na­tors, and ricin, the Old Bai­ley in Lon­don heard.

The pair, of Su­danese ori­gin, had met through a dat­ing web­site called sin­gle­mus­lim.com. On the site, Mo­hammed de­scribed him­self as a Bri­tish cit­i­zen from Su­dan who was look­ing for a wife and part­ner to have chil­dren with.

El-Has­san, who grad­u­ated from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don, re­ferred to hav­ing a Masters de­gree in phar­macy in her pro­file. She said: “I am look­ing for a very sim­ple, hon­est and straight­for­ward man who fears Al­lah be­fore any­thing else.”

The pair had a “rapidly formed emo­tional at­tach­ment and a shared ide­ol­ogy” and by the spring of 2016 were in reg­u­lar con­tact on What­sApp, jurors heard.

As well as ex­trem­ist views and videos, they shared ar­gu­ments, jokes and every-day con­cerns, such as Mo­hammed’s “pre­car­i­ous” im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus, jurors heard. El-Has­san also gave Mo­hammed money and sup­ported him with other is­sues, in­clud­ing car in­sur­ance, the court heard.

In Au­gust last year, Mo­hammed was al­legedly put in touch via Face­book with a man he be­lieved was an Isil com­man­der, known as Abubakr Kurdi.

He pledged al­le­giance to Kurdi and of­fered to par­tic­i­pate in “a new job in the UK”, said to mean an act of ter­ror­ism, jurors heard.

Mo­hammed (36), of Derby, and El-Has­san (33), of north-west Lon­don, deny pre­par­ing ter­ror­ist acts be­tween Novem­ber 2015 and De­cem­ber 2016. (© Daily Tele­graph Lon­don)

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