Man Guilty Of Terror Plot On US Troops In UK

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 5:02 PM

Police believe Junead Khan planned to stage a car crash, attack US military personnel with a knife and then blow himself up.

Man Guilty Of Terror Plot On US Troops In UK

A delivery driver has been found guilty of preparing to carry out a terror attack against American troops in Britain.

Police believe 25-year-old Junead Khan from Luton planned to stage a car crash, target US military personnel with a knife and then blow himself up.

He allegedly came up with the scheme after driving past RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, RAF Feltwell in Norfolk, and RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire.

The bases in E Anglia are operated by the United States Air Force.

The British Islamic extremist is presently facing a life sentence after being convicted of preparing an act of terrorism in the UK between May and July 2015.

His trial at Kingston Crown Ct heard he used his new work with a pharmaceutical firm, which he started latest May, as cover to scout US air bases in East Anglia.

He also exchanged online messages with an IS fighter in Syria calling himself Abu Hussain, including describing attacking military personnel after faking a road accident.

According to prosecutors, Abu Hussain was actually  in Raqqa, Syria, weeks after his link with the planned UK attack was discovered.

Khan had made contact with him through social media and asked for directions on how to create a rucksack bomb.

He told Hussain he'd seen some soldiers driving, "but I'd nothing on me or wouldve (sic) got into an accident with them and made them obtain out the car".

Hussain said: "Most soldiers live in bases which are protected. I suppose on the road is the best idea. Or if you wish akhi I can tell u how to create a bomb."

Mobile phone pictures of Khan in his bedroom with an Islamic State-style black flag were discovered by police after they arrested him last July.

Officers later found the flag in the attic, while an al Qaeda bomb manual and Amazon searches for a large combat knife were on his computer.

Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Metropolitan Police'south Counter Terrorism Command, said he "posed a genuine risk to public safety".

"He'd undertaken research and planning to create a pressure cooker bomb.

"And, what we think is, either before or during the attack, if he'd been compromised in any way he was going to detonate that device and commit suicide."

He was convicted, alongside his 23-year-old uncle Shazib Khan, of preparing to go to Syria to join IS.

In two thousand-fourteenth, Junead Khan ignored a no of attempts by police to speak to him at his home.

In a text message to his uncle, he joked: "Lol got some visit form Luton Police Prevent Team counter terrorism and domestic extremism. They can go do one good. I was at work."

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