A man from Greater Manchester has been allegedly plotting a terror attack against the armed British armed forces or the police.
The 26-year-old Isis supporter, Hisham Muhammad, had been setting out to remodel a drone to use in the terror attack. He built a “release mechanism” for a commercial drone while researching other techniques including knife attacks.
During an investigation at his home in Bury, Greater Manchester, the police found a “variety of bladed articles”, components, drawings, notes, camouflage clothing and masks.
Muhammad`s alleged plot of terror attack was unveiled when his landlord Onkar Singh visited his home in June 2018, because he had fallen behind on rent. The landlord said he felt “uneasy” after noticing weapons including knives, a tub with wires and a soldering iron and took pictures which he later showed the police.
On Tuesday, Anne Whyte QC opened the prosecution saying: “Muhammad, who was, by all accounts a very polite man, was focusing on what he considered to be his obligation as a Muslim to act and to please his notion of his God by conducting an attack.”
“He had researched how small drones might be adapted to drop some sort of device designed to harm others. By the time of his arrest, he was planning some sort of physical attack using knives and other weapons, possibly involving the armed forces or the police.”
Muhammad reportedly possessed weapons including a tomahawk, machete, “bear claws” and two axes and had been practising stabbing movements on cardboard boxes and clothing.
The young man raised the money to buy some of these weapons through a bogus escort agency which he set up in collaboration with his cousin, Abu Ahmad, where they asked customers to pay upfront payment as a “gesture of goodwill”.
Ms Whyte said that the money paid into fraudulently opened account was supposedly used to buy items “relevant” to the case, including “axes, face masks and knife sharpening stones”
Muhammed denied allegations of plotting a terror attack claiming that “he liked to invent and innovate”. Faisal Abu Ahmad, 25, his cousin, of the same address denied failing to alert authorities of the alleged attack plan.