Almost 40,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11. There are no “lone wolves” in the global jihad. Sheesh.
ISIS FANATIC, 25, PLANNING ‘LONE WOLF’ TERROR STRIKE ON UK MILITARY BASE RESEARCHED HOW TO USE A DRONE TO DROP BOMBS ON BRITISH TROOPS, COURT HEARS
Hisham Muhammad allegedly looked at how to adapt drones to carry weapons
Police found knives, bear claws, axes, combat clothing at his home near Bury
His cousin Faisal Ahmad, 24, is alleged at Old Bailey to have known of terror plot
Ahmad denies charge while Muhammad, 25, denies preparing acts of terrorism
By Mark Duell for MailOnline, 10 September 2019:
A 25-year-old Islamic State supporter planning a ‘lone wolf’ attack on a military site researched how to weaponise a drone to kill British soldiers, a court heard today.
Hisham Muhammad, of Whitefield, Greater Manchester, allegedly researched how to develop designs and buy products to adapt drones to carry and drop weapons.
He had visited a nearby Army barracks when police found knives, bear claws, axes, combat clothing and camouflage make-up at his home, the Old Bailey heard.
Hisham Mohammad (left) and Faisal Ahmad (right) are both on trial at the Old Bailey in London. They are pictured together in a court sketch today
Today, Muhammad and his cousin Faisal Ahmad, 24, who is said to have known of his terror plot, appeared in the dock after being arrested at their house in June last year.
Opening the prosecution case at the court in London, Anne Whyte QC said: ‘Hisham Muhammad is charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
‘IN SUMMARY, IT IS ALLEGED THAT HE HELD EXTREMIST VIEWS WHICH WERE ALIGNED TO THE SORT OF RADICAL VERSION OF ISLAM ADVOCATED BY TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS ISLAMIC STATE, THAT HE HAD ACCEPTED THE PROPAGANDA EXPORTED BY THE TYPE OF ORGANISATION AND HAD DECIDED TO COMMIT WHAT WE CALL A LONE WOLF ATTACK HERE IN THE UK.
‘He had researched and downloaded extremist material from the internet. This material glorified violence and martyrdom in the name of an extreme and ultra conservative view of the Islamic faith.
‘He had researched how small drones might be adapted to drop some sort of device from them designed to harm others. He had also obtained a variety of weapons and researched how to use knives to lethal effect.
‘He had purchased blade sharpening implements and had used them. He had also researched military locations and police equipment.
‘As you will hear, on May 23 last year, his research included expressing false interest in joining the British Army and in visiting Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury.
‘By the time of his arrest, he was planning we say some sort of physical attack using knives and other weapons, possibly involving the armed forces or the police. We will never know if he had got as far as identifying a particular target or type of individual.’
The research allegedly included visiting Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester
On Ahmad, she said: ‘It is alleged that he knew that his cousin had formed radical views and was planning a terrorist act of violence but failed, without reasonable excuse, to draw this to the attention of the police.’
The cousins, who are also brothers-in-law, both grew up in Bermuda and have wives who lived in Senegal throughout the alleged crimes.
Muhammad had lived in Gambia where Ahmad joined him after living in America, and both moved to the UK in 2013 without their wives, the trial heard.
Muhammad was arrested along with Ahmad after his landlord allegedly found Muhammad’s weapon stash at their three-bedroom terrace house share last June.
Anne Whyte QC, prosecuting, said the pair’s landlord Onkar Singh called police on June 4 last year after finding alleged terrorist material at his home he first rented to Ahmad’s mother.
Mr Singh, his friend Gavin Weston and nephew Daniel Singh called police after finding a huge stash of weapons and what appeared to be home-made bombs, jurors heard.
The Bomb Squad and police were called and Ms Whyte said two balaclavas, camouflage clothing, knife sharpening blocks, army recruitment documents, a tomahawk axe, machete, two axes on the floor, cardboard training knives and wooden sword were seized.
There were also two grip claws behind a heater, a toy AK47 assault rifle and a pizza box which had been used for stabbing practice, it was heard.
Muhammad denies one count of preparing acts of terrorism and is on trial at the Old Bailey
The QC said: ‘The diagrams and notes in the exercise book indicated that basic research and development was being undertaken aimed at releasing one or more expendable store from a commercially available model aircraft.
‘The approach taken by Hisham Muhammad in creating these images, notes and objects was variable and could be used to deliver a range of payloads.’
She added: ‘Due to the unusual and unidentified nature of some equipment in the house, the police took the precaution of ensuring the attendance of a defence explosive ordnance disposal operator, somebody called Sergeant David Podmore.
‘For example, in the front small bedroom there was the plastic bucket seen previously by Mr Singh containing two Tupperware boxes and a switch.
‘Mr Podmore also examined a variety of test tubes which contained miscellaneous items and substances including powders which tested as probably flour.’
Jurors heard he found a notebook of sketches of improvised explosive devices in the room.
Ms Whyte QC said: ‘On a shelf in the same room, they found more lollipop sticks attached together with a battery and electrical component.
‘Mr Podmore examined them and X-rayed them. Some of the component seemed to correspond to sketches found in a notebook in the property.
‘The sketches included details and notes for building or modifying a drone to drop a potential improvised explosive device or IED.
‘The first, though simple enough to look at, corresponded to sketches in the exercise book of a point impact initiation system – i.e. of a released device that is designed upon impact to ingite.
‘The other items with the various lollipop sticks attached together consisted of various lengths of lollipop sticks, with a home made hinge and an electrical servo switch which Sergeant Podmore assessed as being a possible improvised underling release mechanism for a drone.
‘When all the evidence is taken together, research into and development of adapting a drone to enable it to drop some sort of harmful device.
‘Whilst this research and development was by no means complete, you will be able to see it w