UK man con­victed of IS links

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

A LON­DON man has been con­victed of try­ing to re­cruit chil­dren to carry out Is­lamic State group-in­spired at­tacks across the Bri­tish cap­i­tal.

Pros­e­cu­tors said 25-yearold Umar Haque “was fas­ci­nated by the warped and ex­treme ide­ol­ogy” of IS and iden­ti­fied mul­ti­ple at­tack tar­gets, in­clud­ing Big Ben, Heathrow Air­port, banks and shopping cen­tres.

Haque also was ac­cused of rad­i­cal­is­ing chil­dren at a mosque and two schools, get­ting them to act out sce­nar­ios and show­ing them be­head­ing videos.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice counter-ter­ror­ism com­man­der Dean Hay­don said Haque’s aim was to cre­ate an army of chil­dren to help carry out at­tacks at mul­ti­ple sites us­ing mul­ti­ple weapons.

He said 35 chil­dren were still get­ting sup­port af­ter Haque’s in­doc­tri­na­tion, which had left them “al­most paral­ysed with fear”.

Haque, who was ar­rested in May, had pleaded not guilty. He said he sup­ported IS but wasn’t plan­ning at­tacks.

A Lon­don jury con­victed him of pre­par­ing ter­ror­ist acts. As he was taken from the dock, Haque said: “You will clearly see Is­lamic State es­tab­lish it­self in the Ara­bian penin­sula and that droughts will af­fect Europe and Amer­ica.”

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