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IS supporter jailed for life over Prince George plot


An Islamic State fanatic who called for an attack on Prince George has been jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years for a string of terror offences.

Husnain Rashid used a Telegram chat group in October last year to call on supporters to target the four-year-old prince, who had started at school a month earlier.

The 32-year-old posted a photograph of George at St Thomas's Battersea in southwest London, super-imposed with silhouettes of two masked jihadist fighters, in an encrypted forum he set up.

Image: Rashid posted this image in an encrypted forum

Rashid, from Nelson in Lancashire, also urged followers to poison ice cream and attack football stadiums, and was even planning his own online magazine offering tips for "lone-wolf attacks".

Sentencing him at Woolwich Crown Court in London, Judge Andrew Lees said: "The message was clear – you were providing the name and address of Prince George's school, an image of Prince George's school and the instruction or threat that Prince George and other members of the Royal family should be viewed as potential targets."

Rashid admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one count of encouraging terrorism.

Rashid shared a picture of Prince George and the address of Thomas' School in Battersea
Image: Prince George had started at school a month before Rashid called for an attack

The court heard that the unemployed web designer was in touch with an IS operative in Syria called "Repunzel" and sent him information about how to make explosives and shoot down aircraft.

He was seeking to get to Syria to join the terrorist group and ran his own "brand" on the Telegram app called the "Lone Mujahid", which he used to share advice and encourage attacks.

Rashid posted suggestions of which British football stadiums terrorists could strike, following the deadly attack outside Besiktas's ground in Turkey.

He also posted a map of Sixth Avenue in New York with the message: "New York Halloween Parade. Have you made your preparations? The Countdown begins."

Rashid gave the address of Thomas's Battersea, Prince George's school
Image: Rashid shared details of Prince George's school, St Thomas's Battersea

Other posts included a photograph of the Burmese ambassador to the UK with the address of the Burmese embassy saying: "You know what to do."

Rashid urged people to "fight and spill the blood to the apes in your land", adding: "Start planning, start scouting targets, start monitoring entry/exit routes, start preparing tools and weapons/explosive."

He prepared acts of terrorism between 28 January 2017 and 23 November 2017 by "messaging individuals he believed to be in ISIS territory, seeking advice about routes to travel to Syria, saving money in order to travel, purchasing equipment, and seeking to obtain tazkiyah (a sponsor), to join ISIS".

Rashid was arrested at his home in November.

He initially maintained his innocence but changed his plea mid-trial and admitted a string of terror offences in May.

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