Islamic State supporter admits plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral

METRO PLUS

Plateau lawmaker, Henry Longs is dead

Henry Soembis Longs, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, has passed away. The late Longs was...

Usifo Ataga: Illegible statements stall Chidinma’s trial

Illegible statements served on the defence counsels on Tuesday stalled the trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, who was accused of killing Usifo Ataga,...

Lagos govt seal: MDCN issues licenses to Vedic Hospital foreign doctors

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has finally issued practicing licenses to three foreign doctors at Vedic Lifecare Hospital in...

Transparency: Only six LGs in Nigeria have active websites – CFTIW rates MDAs, states

The Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CFTIW) has found that only six local government councils (LGCs) in Nigeria have functioning...

Many feared dead as explosion rocks Benue community [PHOTOS]

Scores have been reportedly killed in a fuel tanker explosion at the Amoke village of Apa Local Government Area in Benue State.

A female supporter of the Islamic State terror group has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, Middlesex, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

Shaikh went on a reconnaissance trip to St Paul's Cathedral
Image: Shaikh went on a reconnaissance trip to St Paul’s Cathedral

Shaikh, a Muslim convert, had contacted someone who could prepare explosives and went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the historic site and a hotel as locations to plant bombs.

She prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to the group, also known as Isis or Daesh, between August 2019 and October 2019.

She also shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app over the same period.

The facts were not opened in court, but according to a prosecution case summary, Shaikh had stated her main aim was to kill as many people as possible in a suicide attack on St Paul’s.

She only confided her plan to two people, the online explosives expert and his wife, unaware that they were undercover officers.

The British defendant was born Michelle Ramsden to a non-Muslim family and converted to Islam in 2007.

She began to follow extremists online and by 2015 had become radicalised, the prosecution alleged.

The defendant, who wore a black robe, spoke quietly as she entered her guilty pleas before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey.

Mr Justice Sweeney ordered Shaikh to be remanded in custody until sentencing on 12 May.

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

Read Also

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

‘We have lost a royal blood’ – Ganduje reacts to death of Buhari Daura

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has expressed shock over the death of businessman and an elder statesman, Alhaji Sani Buhari Daura.

Plateau lawmaker, Henry Longs is dead

Henry Soembis Longs, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, has passed away. The late Longs was...

Building collapse: Ensure application of standards in your operations – Minister tells Engineers

The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu has called on engineers in the building sector to be proactive and ensure standard operations...

Invest in education – NANS to Southwest governors

Oladimeji Uthman, the Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the southwest, has urged governors in the region...

Buhari, Blinken discuss Nigeria’s insecurity, human rights, free press

President Muhammadu Buhari and United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken met in Abuja on Thursday. A statement by...