5 Muslims facing jail over support for Islamic State

Five extremists with links to hate preacher Anjem Choudary are facing jail for their part in drumming up support for Islamic State following a major undercover police operation.

A covert officer infiltrated the Luton chapter of the banned group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM) and secretly recorded speeches over 20 months before police swooped to arrest them.

At the meetings, attended by up to 80 people including young children, the group praised IS and urged people to support the terror group and travel to Syria to fight.

In one rant on July 2 2015, Mohammed Choudry, 23, spoke of “40 trucks driving down Oxford Street full of explosives”, the Old Bailey was told.

He was heard to tell an invitation-only meeting in the Bedfordshire town: “A wave is coming – either be a part of it or you drown … Either you like it or you don’t like it.”

Zaiur Rahman, 39, helped to organise a series of meetings in July 2015 held in a marquee in his back garden and at a nearby Anglican church in Luton.

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