Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28, from Luton has been convicted of planning a terror attack in various London tourist hotspots. This is just over a year after he was cleared of attacking police with a sword outside Buckingham Palace.
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Chowdhury was ‘motivated by dreams of martyrdom for the cause of Islam, and inspired by preachers of hate’, a jury at Woolwich Crown Court was previously told.
The object was to unleash death and suffering on non-Muslim members of the public who happened to be present, using a firearm, sword and even a van as part of an attack,’ the prosecutor said.
The targets mentioned included Madame Tussauds in London, the Gay Pride parade, and an attack on tourists on a London open-top tour bus.
Chowdhury told undercover officers that he had indeed been trying to carry out a terrorist attack in 2017 and that he had ‘deceived’ the earlier jury that acquitted him of it, the court was told.
He played them a video of Al Qaeda preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki and shared his view that the highest form ‘martyrdom’ is killing unbelievers and being willing to give your life, the court heard.