'Teacher' guilty of recruiting 'army of children' for London attacks

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'Teacher' guilty of recruiting 'army of children' for London attacks

Post by Didge on Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:58 pm

A self-styled teacher has been found guilty of trying to recruit an 'army of children' for IS-inspired attacks in London.

Umar Haque trained young people with role play and physical exercise, for attacks on 30 landmarks across the capital. The 25-year-old plotted to target landmarks including Big Ben, the Queen's Guard and Westfield shopping centre, using guns and a car packed with explosives.

He groomed children as young as 11 at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, showing them an IS video to give a more "holistic" view of the group and swearing them to secrecy, the court heard. One victim told police that Haque had aimed to gather an army of 300 men and was teaching the boys "terrorism, like how to fight".

A self-styled teacher with no formal qualifications, he was able to access 250 young people over five years at two schools in Barking and the Ripple Road Madrassa.


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