UK man convicted of IS links
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.”