UK: Coventry man guilty of planned Islamic State terrorism in Syria

A COVENTRY man intent on martyring himself while fighting for Islamic State in Syria has been convicted of preparing for terrorist acts at the Old Bailey today (Tuesday, May 26).

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was also found guilty of assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial.

The unemployed 20-year-old had failed in his attempt to join Islamic State last November and was arrested when he returned to the UK.

The court heard that Ashiq had made other attempts to enter Syria to join two of his friends believed to be engaged in the conflict – Coventrians Ali Kalantar, Mohammed Ismail and their friend Rashid Amani.