Big Ben and Heathrow Airport ‘targets for jihadi attack’

A suspected jihadi was allegedly targeting Big Ben and Heathrow Airport.

Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from East London, denies preparing acts of terrorism, but the Old Bailey heard he was allegedly obsessed with ISIS – when he was arrested he allegedly told police he was the terror group’s “loyal follower”, the court heard.

Haque, a religious teacher, had decided to “carry out one or more violent attacks” in the UK and had “identified methods and targets”, according to the prosecution.

The court heard his other intended targets included the Queen’s Guard, the courts, Transport for London, Shia Muslims, Westfield shopping centres, banks in the City of London, Parliament, the English Defence League or Britain First, foreign embassies and media stations.

He allegedly tried to obtain the help of others at his mosque and tried to groom children with “role play games” and by showing them extremist videos.

The trial continues…