19-year-old convert to Islam was arrested as he made his way to behead a British soldier. Brusthom Ziamani had a rucksack containing a 12″ knife, a hammer, and an Islamic flag when he was arrested on a street in east London in August 2014.
BBC (h/t Ros L) He idolized the Muslim killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, researched Army cadet base sites and told an ex-girlfriend of a plan to “kill soldiers”, the court was told.
Jurors heard Mr Ziamani had converted to Islam in early 2014 and his arrest came after he had shown the former girlfriend the weapons and described Fusilier Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo as a “legend.” Mr Ziamani also put posts on Facebook under the name Mujahid Karim, supporting Sharia law and stating he was “willing to die in the cause of Allah”.
Mr Ziamani is charged with preparing an act of terrorism on or before 20 August 2014.