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United Kingdom couple who swapped violent messages guilty of attack plot

26 Octobre 2017

Taheer then said: "I fantasise about Katie Hopkins head".

A woman from Birmingham has today (26 October) been convicted of a terrorism offence after paying for a large combat knife for her husband to use in a United Kingdom attack.

Taheer also allowed her debit card to be used to buy a plastic knife and a lifelike training dummy so that her husband could practise an attack, the court heard.

His sister Zainab Mirza also admitted being in on the plot, which was foiled by police before they could carry it out.

The couple, who fell in love as teenagers, were inspired by Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda and had initially wanted to travel to Syria to join the terrorist network but stayed in the United Kingdom to plot an attack in their hometown of Birmingham instead. Give me the list, the only thing that stops me is we are not married.

In one exchange between the couple before marriage, Mirza wrote: "The day of nikkah [wedding], I'll kill em all. I will defo I'm not joking".

The dummy of a white man's head and torso was later found in their home with a slashed throat, abdomen and forehead.

A few weeks before his arrest in March 2017, Mirza bought a cord from an outdoor sports store to which he attached the combat knife. She also bought a hunting knife and a life-size dummy to practice on.

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He said the couple "were planning to carry out an attack in the U.K. It is not known where this attack would have been, but we discovered research into potential targets, including military sites in the area".

"The prosecution's case was that his wife was a willing accomplice who bought the knife knowing what he was planning to do".

Sue Hemming, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said in a statement there was little doubt Mirza had the knife to carry out an attack in Britain.

His wife Taheer denied knowledge of the plot, but was found guilty by a jury.

Her husband Ummar Mirza and his sister Zainub Mirza had already pleaded guilty to similar offences. This included a Daesh video showing a hostage being beheaded and another being drowned in a fish tank.

Taheer will be sentenced along with her husband and sister-in-law on December 1.

"This couple posed a serious threat to the public in Britain and now face the prospect of time in prison where they will no longer be a danger".

All three defendants will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court.

United Kingdom couple who swapped violent messages guilty of attack plot