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Jihadists convicted of plotting UK terror attack using children

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Jihadists convicted of plotting UK terror attack using children

Umar Ahmed Haque convicted of terror offences. Photo credit: UK Metropolitan Police.

Three jihadists were convicted this week of terror offences for their attempts to recruit children at a London madrassa to carry out attacks.

One of the men convicted worked as an administrator at an after school madrassa at a mosque in East London. He targeted 55 children aged between 11 and 14, showing them videos of terrorist violence, including executions.

Police also stated that he made the children “roleplay terrorists and police officers, with the children acting as terrorists being made to stab the ‘police officers’ to death.”

The children were reportedly “paralysed by fear” and 35 are now receiving long-term safeguarding support. The three men were convicted on 2 March and will be sentenced later this year.