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Fake sui­cide belt pair ‘ tried to kill prison guard’

- By John Twomey Crime · Terrorism · Incidents · Prison · Fashion & Beauty · Old Bailey · British Armed Forces · Belts

TWO pris­on­ers wore fake sui­cide belts and shouted “Al­lahu Ak­bar” as they tried to kill a prison of­fi­cer dur­ing a “ter­ror at­tack”, a court heard.

Con­victed ter­ror­ist Brusthom Zia­mani, 25, and rad­i­calised in­mate Baz Hock­ton, 26, set upon Neil Trun­dle with makeshift weapons at high- se­cu­rity White­moor Prison, Cambs, on Jan­uary 9, the Old Bai­ley was told.

Open­ing their trial, pros­e­cu­tor Annabel Dar­low QC said the pair in­tended to “lure” a tar­get to a store cup­board “on the pre­text of ask­ing a prison of­fi­cer to fetch a spoon”.

“Kind and help­ful” Mr Trun­dle was left cov­ered in blood as they tar­geted his head, up­per chest and neck, Ms Dar­low told the court. Two staff at­tempted to help but were in­jured by Zia­mani, it was al­leged. When another of­fi­cer ap­proached, Zia­mani re­vealed a fake sui­cide belt, and said: “I’ve got a bomb,” jurors were told.

Ex­trem­ist writ­ings were re­cov­ered from both men.

The court heard that Zia­mani was held in 2014 and con­victed over a plan to at­tack a mem­ber of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary.

Both de­fen­dants deny at­tempted mur­der. The trial con­tin­ues.

 ??  ?? Rad­i­calised… Baz Hock­ton
Rad­i­calised… Baz Hock­ton
 ??  ?? ‘ Lured tar­get’… Zia­mani
‘ Lured tar­get’… Zia­mani

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