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March 6, 2018

London teacher tried to create ‘army of children’ for terrorist attacks

In London, the court found a British supporter of the Islamic State guilty of trying to recruit children for a wave of attacks in the city, Reuters reports. 

25-year-old Umar Haque showed children the videos demonstrating executions of people by Islamists, as well as the other violent propaganda in order to make them commit terrorist attacks on the British capital and attack police officers. 

“His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London. He tried and he did, we believe, radicalise vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14,” Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command told. 

Police informs that Haque worked as an administrator in a small private Islamic school under the mosque in east London. Despite having no qualification, he taught 110 children Islamic studies. 

Many children told the investigators in details how he taught them “fighting was good and had given them training such as doing push-ups to build their strength,” the agency writes. 

According to the prosecutors, he was going to use children to attack the Big Ben tower, soldiers from the Queen’s Guards, a large shopping centre, banks, and several media stations. 

Haque was found guilty at London’s court of the range of offences including preparing terrorist acts.