Isis follower plotted attacks on key London targets, court hears

A follower of Islamic State who was fascinated by the group’s ideology plotted to launch a terrorist attack on a wide range of targets including the Queen’s Guard, parliament and media organisations, a court has heard.

Umar Haque, 25, from east London, enlisted the help of others at his mosque, where he also tried to groom children with role-play scenarios.

He is accused of plotting terrorist attacks, while Abuthaher Mamun, 19, Muhammad Abid, 27, and Nadeem Patel, 26, are accused of helping Haque.

During the opening of the trial of the four men, the prosecutor, Mark Heywood QC, told the jury that Haque had determined in 2016 and early 2017 to carry out one or more violent attacks with others in the UK.