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British Teen Convicted of Alleged Terrorist Plot to Behead Soldier


British Teen Convicted of Alleged Terrorist Plot to Behead Soldier

Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command, said the teenager’s plot “starkly illustrates” one of the threats facing the UK.

British teenager, Brusthom Ziamani, who rapidly became radicalized after converting to Islam was convicted today of planning to behead a soldier.A jury at London’s Central Criminal Court found the 19-year-old  guilty of preparing an act of terrorism.

The London-born teen grew up Jehovah’s Witness but converted to Islam in early 2014 and became influenced by the radical group al-Muhajiroun.

Prosecutors allege Ziamani was motivated by the two Islamic extremists who killed British soldier, Lee Rigby, in a London street in 2013.

According to the prosecution, he researched the location of army cadet bases in London and informed his girlfriend of his plan to “kill soldiers” before being arrested in August with a 12-inch (30-centimeter) knife and a hammer in his backpack.

Ziamani said the only reason he made the remarks was to fit in with his extremist friends. His lawyer, Naeem Mian, said the teen should not be convicted for having “undoubtedly repulsive views.”

A jury deliberated for a day and a half before finding him guilty. Ziamani will be sentenced on March 20.


Times of India


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