UK: Muslim saying he was with death squad sent by Allah recruited children at local mosque for jihad massacres

An ISIS-inspired terrorist plotted to attack targets in the UK including Big Ben, Parliament, banks and shopping centres, claiming he was part of a death squad sent by Allah?, a court heard.

Umar Haque, 25, is accused of enlisting the help and support of others at his local mosque, and trying to groom children with roleplay and extremist videos showing beheadings.

The court heard the religious teacher was fascinated by the warped and extreme ideology of Islamic State?.

His numerous? alleged targets also included the Queen?s Guard, Transport for London, Heathrow Airport, the English Defence League or Britain First, and the media.

Jurors were told that last year?s Westminster Bridge attack sparked his fascination and contemplation?, and he discussed using a car or bombs to carry out an atrocity.

Opening his Old Bailey trial, Mark Heywood QC said: The essence of this case is that the first defendant Umar Haque had decided in 2016 and early 2017 to carry out one or more violent attacks with others if he could in this country.

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