Scary that this is happening so easily on British soil. Makes you wonder: what’s happening here on our soil?
A teenager who was on his way to behead a British soldier with a 12in knife when he was arrested, has been found guilty of preparing a terrorist act.
Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was also carrying a hammer and an “Islamic flag” when he was arrested in London, in August 2014.
The court heard he had been inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013, researched Army cadet bases and boasted of a plot to “kill soldiers”.
Ziamani, of Camberwell, London, will be sentenced on 20 March.
Commander Richard Walton, from the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism command, said the teenager’s plot “starkly illustrates” one of the threats facing the UK.
“Ziamani was an impressionable young man who became radicalised then rapidly developed an extremist, violent mindset.
“Over a series of months, he ultimately developed a desire to carry out a terrorist attack on British soldiers,” he said.
Counter-terrorism police had probably prevented a “horrific terrorist attack taking place on the streets of London”.
Converted to Islam
During the trial at London’s Old Bailey, jurors were told how Ziamani had “reverted” to Islam at the beginning of 2014 and was arrested after he had shown his ex-girlfriend weapons.
The court heard how Ziamani had fallen in with members of al-Muhajiroun – an extremist organisation – after he was “kicked out” of home for converting to Islam in early 2014.
He attended the group’s talks in the basement of a Halal sweet shop in Whitechapel, London, and bought a black flag to take on their demonstrations, saying “I’m going to rock it everywhere I go in the kaffirs’ face”.
Read more: BBC