‘Islamic state-inspired’ student, 20, in court for leaving a ball-bearing bomb in a rucksack propped against a seat on a London Tube train.
Breitbart A university student with a deep interest in Islam, weapons, and extremism was accused Wednesday of planting a homemade bomb on a London subway train with the intention of causing carnage.
Prosecutors say Damon Smith left a knapsack filled with explosives and ball bearings on a London Underground train in October. The abandoned bag was reported by passengers to the driver, who noticed it contained wires poking out of a clock. It did not explode.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees told jurors at London’s Central Criminal Court that Smith “built an improvised explosive device which he intended would explode and endanger the lives of those traveling on that Tube train or, at the very least, cause serious damage to the train itself.”
UK Daily Mail Damon Smith, 20, allegedly packed a rucksack with explosives and ball-bearing shrapnel attached to a £2 Tesco clock timed to go off on the Jubilee Line. Smith allegedly left the bomb on a carriage before changing his clothes and going to a university lecture, on October 20 last year, the Old Bailey heard.
The weapons-obsessed teenager allegedly photographed himself in front of a TV showing ISIS’ Paris massacre mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the court heard.
Smith had previously printed off an al Qaida article entitled ‘Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom’ and made notes in green ink before shredding the sheets of paper, jurors were told.
Had the device worked, it would have exploded just as people were being ordered off the Jubilee Line platform at North Greenwich.
The court heard Smith had a keen interest in Islam, guns, explosives and gambling, and collected pictures of extremists, including the alleged mastermind of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
He also allegedly searched the internet for an Islamic State magazine featuring an article about the bomb said to have brought down a Russian airliner in October 2015. A shopping list for ‘pressure cooker bomb materials’ was also allegedly found on an iPad ending in a note to ‘keep this a secret between me and Allah #InspireTheBelievers’.
On October 20 last year, at 10.49am, the defendant, who had a freedom travel pass, got off at London Bridge leaving behind his rucksack containing the bomb set to explode minutes later at 11.02am. Had the bomb gone off, it would have exploded just as passengers were evacuated from the area, the prosecutor said.
On his faith, Smith allegedly told police he was brought up Christian, but Islam was ‘more true.’