Man plotted terror attack on Big Ben and Heathrow, court hears

A man who was “fascinated” by the Islamic State plotted to attack locations around London, including world famous landmarks such as Big Ben and busy transport hubs such as Heathrow Airport, a court has heard. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25 and from East London is standing trial accused of preparing acts of terrorism. Mr Haque denies the charge.

He is standing trial at the Old Bailey alongside 3 other men. Abuthaher Mamun aged 19 is accused of aiding Haque to carry out his plans. Muhammad Abid, 27 is being accused of failing to alert the authorities of his imminent plot. Nadeem Patel, 26 has pled not guilty to conspiring to possess a firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence.

Opening the case, Mark Heywood QC said Mr Haque had decided to “carry out one or more violent attacks in the UK.” Last year in Britain, it is thought that security services foiled as many as 13 major terror attacks as they attempt to counter a surge in Jihadist activity.

4 Islamist terror attacks were carried out in the country last year which claimed the lives of 35 people. Some were also foiled from taking place just before the terrorists could launch their attacks, including a man who was apprehended in London’s Whitehall with two knives last year who was on his way to carry out an attack and the failed Parson’s Green bombing in which the bomb failed to properly detonate.

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