An Islamic State (ISIS) – supporting Muslim Uber driver drove at cops outside Buckingham Palace then tried to attack them with a samurai sword because he wanted to “be in paradise with Allah,” a London court heard. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27 (photo below), wrote a martyrdom note to his sister which said “the Queen and her soldiers will all be in hellfire” before his attack on August 25, 2017, it is alleged.
SOTT (h/t Terry D) He then swerved his car through cones outside the palace and as two police officers got out of a passing police van he brandished the sword (below) and shouted “Allahu Akbar”, jurors were told. But it was wrestled from him and he was arrested, an Old Bailey jury heard. The Luton man denies one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
British-Muslim Chowdhury had written the note three hours earlier, after researching terrorists including Khalid Masood, the Westminster Bridge attacker who he described as a “martyr”, it was said. He had also allegedly changed his WhatsApp picture to an ISIS flag and wrote messages of support for the group.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray said: “He stated in clear terms that his intention was to get to paradise by becoming a martyr, fighting in his words ‘the enemies of Allah.'” Part of the note reportedly said: “Tell everyone that I love them and that they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and property.
“The Queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire. They go to war with Muslims around the world and kill them without any mercy. “They are the enemies that Allah tells us to fight.”
Jurors heard just 30 minutes before he penned the note, he bought a “sharpening tool” from a Sainsbury’s which he used with the samurai sword.
Mr Cray added: “It was due to the bravery and quick reaction of these uniformed police officers that something even more serious did not happen. “As the police officers got to the car the defendant said to them words to the effect, ‘it’s all a bit f*cked up’.
“They then saw him reach for the sword, the officers were struggling with him, getting the passenger door open, reaching into the driver’s door to stop him using the sword.” The “short but fairly desperate struggle” ended when the officers snatched the sword away, with PC Midgley sustaining a cut to his hand, the jury heard.
Mr Cray said the officers quickly suspected it was a Muslim terror attack, adding: “This was just six months after, for example, the murders at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge and a further attack at London Bridge. “Here we were in another prominent London location where a man had driven his vehicle erratically, was armed with a sword and seemed to be attacking uniformed police officers.”
Chowdhury later sketched out a picture of an Islamic fighter shooting a police officer outside Downing Street which he pinned to his cell wall ‘like a poster.’ The prison cell was inspected on September 26 this year when prison officers found the sketch showing a fighter in a suicide vest, shooting an unarmed officer and yelling ‘allahu akbar!’.
The picture was headed ‘The exchange/the bargain’ and carried the words: ‘Respond to that which gives you life, shaheeds [martyrs] are alive!
Another sketch on the wall showed a plane crashing into the Twin Towers, and he had pinned them to the wall ‘almost like posters,’ the jury heard. He also referenced part ‘9:111’ of the Quran, writing in capital letters: ‘Allah has bought the lives of the believers in exchange for paradise.’