Muslim convert, Safiyya Shaikh, an Islamic State supporter who plotted to “kill as many people as possible” in a suicide bomb attack on St Paul’s Cathedral, is facing years behind bars today.
Evening Standard (h/t Richard S) Safiyya Shaikh, 36, (birth name: Michelle Ramsden) carried out a reconnaissance trip to central London as she planned the attack between August and October last year, attempting to get hold of two bags of explosives and selecting the landmark as her top target. She visited St Paul’s to check the levels of security and the best place to hide an improvised bomb.
A pair of undercover officers posing as a husband and wife team of extremists had been in contact with Shaikh, who gave one of them bags that she wanted filled with explosives for carrying out an attack, the BBC reports.
Shaikh, from Hayes, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic state (ISIS) and ran an encrypted channel on the Telegram messaging app urging terror attacks around the world and providing tips for extremists plotting atrocities.