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Lone wolf ‘planned to drop harmful devices into barracks using adapted drones’

Lone wolf ‘planned to drop harmful devices into barracks using adapted drones’
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Lone wolf 'planned to drop harmful devices into barracks using adapted drones'
Hisham Muhammad plotted a terror assault using specially-adapted drones, the Old Bailey heard (Picture: PA/SWNS)

An Isis sympathiser plotted to goal a British Army base in a ‘lone wolf’ assault using specifically adapted drones, the Old Bailey heard.

Hisham Muhammad, 25, can also be stated to have amassed a stash of weapons together with bear-claws, axes, a tomahawk and a machete earlier than he was arrested final June.

Muhammad, who moved to the UK in 2013, designed prototype elements to allow a drone to drop a harmful system, jurors have been instructed.

The Bermudan defendant, who denies participating in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism, had allegedly recognized Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester, as a attainable goal.

His cousin Faisal Abu Ahmad, 24, who lived on the similar handle in Whitefield, stands trial alongside him accused of failing to alert the authorities of the alleged assault plan.

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Artists impression of Hisham Mohammad (L) and Faisal Ahmad (R) at the Old Bailey, London, September 10, 2019. See NATIONAL story NNdrone. An ISIS supporter planning a "lone wolf" attack on a military site researched how to weaponise a drone to kill British soldiers, a court heard today (Tue). Wannabe jihadi Hisham Mohammad, 25, is said to have researched how to develop designs and buy products to adapt drones to carry and drop weapons, jurors heard. He had visited a nearby Army barracks when police found his stash of knives, bear claws, axes, combat clothing and camouflage make-up at his home, the Old Bailey heard. Today Mohammad and his cousin Faisal Ahmad, 24, said to have known of his terror plot, appeared in the dock after being arrested at their house in Whitefield, Bury, on June 4 last year.
Hisham Mohammad (left) stands trial alongside his cousin Faisal Ahmad (proper) who’s accused of failing to elevate the alarm (Picture: Julia Quenzler/SWNS)
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Drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with camera and gimbal fitted. Also known as a Hexacopter.
Jurors heard Muhammad ‘researched how small drones might be adapted to drop some sort of device designed to harm others’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Muhammad’s landlord alerted police after discovering ‘suspicious’ objects at his dwelling together with knives, a bath of wires and a soldering iron, the court docket heard.

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When officers searched the property, they uncovered lollipop sticks connected to {an electrical} part with black tape and varied wires, it’s claimed.

Some of the elements allegedly matched sketches and detailed notes for constructing a drone to drop a tool.

Officers additionally seized two painted eggs containing crushed chilli seeds and shards of glass described as Japanese ‘ninja eggs’.

Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC stated Muhammad shared the identical extremist views as Islamic State.

By the summer season of 2018, he had allegedly determined to commit a ‘lone wolf attack’ within the United Kingdom.

Ms Whyte stated: ‘He had researched how small drones could be adapted to drop some form of system designed to hurt others.

‘He had additionally obtained quite a lot of weapons and researched how to use knives to deadly impact. He had bought blade sharpening implements and had used them.

‘He had additionally researched army areas and police tools.

‘As you’ll hear, on 23 May 2018, his analysis included expressing false curiosity in becoming a member of the British military and in visiting Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury.

‘By the time of his arrest, he was planning some sort of physical attack using knives and other weapons, possibly involving the armed forces or the police.’

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Alleged 'lone wolf' plotted terror attack using specially-adapted drones, court hears General view of Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester An Islamic State fan plotted a "lone wolf" attack on the British army or police using a specially adapted drone, a court has heard. Hisham Muhammad, 25, amassed a stash of weapons including axes, a tomahawk, a machete and bear-claws before his arrest last June, the Old Bailey was told. The defendant, who moved to Britain in 2013, designed prototype components to enable a drone to drop a harmful device, jurors heard. Bermudan Muhammad had allegedly identified Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester, as a possible target. His landlord alerted police after finding "suspicious" items at the defendant's home including knives, a tub of wires and a soldering iron, the court heard. When officers searched the property, they uncovered lollipop sticks attached to an electrical component with black tape and various wires, jurors heard. Some of the components allegedly matched sketches and detailed notes for building a drone to drop a device. Officers also seized two painted eggs containing crushed chilli seeds and shards of glass described as Japanese "ninja eggs". Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said Muhammad shared the same extremist views as Islamic State. By the summer of 2018, he had allegedly decided to commit a "lone wolf attack" in the United Kingdom. Ms Whyte told jurors: "He had researched how small drones might be adapted to drop some sort of device designed to harm others. "He had also obtained a variety of weapons and researched how to use knives to lethal effect. He had purchased blade sharpening implements and had used them. "He had also researched military locations and police equipment. As you will hear, on 23 May 2018, his research included expressing false interest in joining the British army and in visiting Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury. "By the time of his arrest, he was planning some sort of physical attack using knives and other weapons, possibly involving the armed forces or the police." Muhammad of Victoria Avenue, Whitefield, Bury, denies engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. His cousin Faisal Abu Ahmad, 24, who lived at the same address, has pleaded not guilty to failing to alert authorities of the alleged attack plan.
The accused ‘lone wolf’ had allegedly recognized Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester, as a attainable goal (Picture: Google)

In May final yr, Muhammad visited an Army recruitment occasion in Bury city centre and was allowed into the barracks the place he feigned an curiosity in becoming a member of up, Ms Whyte stated.

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The court docket heard he later Goggled ‘weak points of the human body for assault’ as a part of his assault planning.

Muhammad and cousin Ahmad have been stated to have financed the plot by duping unsuspecting punters into handing over upfront ‘goodwill’ funds as a part of a faux escort company rip-off, using the money to purchase axes, face masks and knife-sharpening stones.

Ms Whyte stated: ‘We allege Hisham Muhammad supposed to commit an act of terrorism – he plainly thought-about and researched the usage of a drone to drop some form of harmful system.

‘That, we are saying, was at all times going to current technical challenges and he mixed an anticipated use of a drone with plans to use knives of different bladed objects so as to stab human targets.

‘Whatever his final approach to an adapted drone, by the time of his arrest he had plainly resolved to commit some sort of knife attack instead.’

The trial continues.

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