UK: Muslim couple bought ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb-making ingredients, plotted Christmas ISIS terror attack
A Muslim couple terrorists who met on SingleMuslim.com have been found guilty of plotting a terror attack over the Christmas holidays with an ISIS-inspired ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb or ricin attack.
Sudanese ‘asylum seeker’ Munir Mohammed volunteered for a ‘lone wolf’ UK ‘mission’ as he chatted on Facebook with a man he believed was an ISIS commander.
He enlisted the help of Muslim pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan, drawing on her knowledge of chemicals needed to make a bomb after seeking her out on SingleMuslim.com.
At the time of his arrest last December, Mohammed had two of the three components for TATP explosives as well as manuals on how to make explosives, mobile phone detonators, and deadly ricin poison.
In the days before his arrest, the terrorist was captured on in-store CCTV buying ‘acetone free’ nail polish from Asda, in the mistaken belief it was a chemical component of TATP.
Mohammed arrived in Britain in the back of a truck and claimed asylum in February 2014, the court heard.
He was working at a Kerry Foods in Derby making sauces for supermarket ready meals and wooing a potential British bride he met online.
The prosecution claimed he was drawn to University College London graduate El-Hassan because she referred to having a Masters degree in pharmacy in her dating profile.
She wrote that she was ‘looking for a simple, very simple, honest and straightforward man who fears Allah’ who she could ‘vibe with on a spiritual and intellectual level’.
Jurors were told the pair had a ‘rapidly formed emotional attachment and a shared ideology’ and by the spring of 2016 were in regular contact on WhatsApp and had met more than once in a London park near El-Hassan’s home.
As well as arguments, jokes and every-day concerns, they also shared terrorist views and ISIS videos.
In August last year, the Muslim terrorist was put in touch via Facebook with a man he believed was an ISIS commander, known as Abubakr Kurdi.
He pledged allegiance to Kurdi and offered to participate in ‘a new job in the UK’, said to mean an act of terrorism.
In the days before his arrest, Mohammed looked at pressure cookers at Ace Discounts, which the prosecution said could be used to contain the explosives.
When police raided his home on December 12 last year, they found hydrogen peroxide in a wardrobe and hydrochloric acid in the freezer.
The court heard that the terrorist had an arranged marriage in Sudan with a woman he had never met called Fatima who he was hoping to bring to England on a student visa.
Muslima terrorist El-Hassan came to Britain from Sudan at the age of three. It is ‘difficult to say’ whether she was a terrorist before she met Munir Mohammed on a dating site or whether she was radicalized through their romance, anti-terror police have said.