A Daesh supporter has been jailed, after preparing to carry out a knife attack in the U.K. and helping facilitate a suspected terrorist to move between countries to fight for the Islamist group.
Haider Ahmed, 19, of Wordsworth Mead, Redhill, was jailed for six years at Kingston Crown Court, following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE).
He had pleaded guilty to six offences, including collecting property for terrorism, distributing Daesh propaganda and assisting a man using the pseudonym Carl Drogo to commit acts of terrorism abroad.
He was also found guilty by a majority verdict in March of a further charge of preparing for a terrorist act, after he acquired a hunting knife which he planned to use in an attack.
Ahmed was arrested by counter terrorism detectives in July 2017 and charged later that month, after it was uncovered that he was in contact with members of Daesh abroad and had helped facilitate the travel of ‘Carl Drogo’ from Nigeria to Libya to fight for the group.
Officers also recovered a number of videos in Ahmed’s possession showing Daesh propaganda, including executions, missile attacks and other violent acts. One of these aimed to show the best ways of ‘slaughtering a disbeliever’.
Despite Ahmed’s denial, a jury found him guilty of buying a hunting knife which he was intending to use in an attack in the U.K. A 24-year-old man from London also stood trial accused of arranging funds or property for the purposes of terrorism, but was found not guilty.
Judge Peter Lodder QC, sentencing, noted the ‘terrifyingly large and vicious looking weapon of the upmost dangerousness’ that Ahmed had intended to use.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of CTPSE, said: “It’s clear that Haider Ahmed is a dangerous young man who fully intended on causing harm to innocent members of the public.
“A prominent presence online, he possessed a significant amount of shocking material promoting the warped ideology of Daesh, and he was instrumental in facilitating online discussions with members of the group through encrypted communication tools.
“I am hugely grateful to the officers and police staff who have worked so very hard on this case; they have ensured that Ahmed was unable to carry out an attack and therefore secured the safety of any potential casualties.”