Parsons Green bombing accused ‘wanted to be new David Attenborough’

The teenager accused of the Parsons Green bombing has told jurors he lied to officials about being kidnapped by Islamic State because he wanted to study in Britain to become the new David Attenborough.

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan arrived in October 2015 and went on to tell immigration officials he had been forced to train “to kill” by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the court has heard.

Then on September 15 last year, the 18-year-old media student planted 400g of homemade explosives and shrapnel on a District Line tube timed to go off when it reached the west London stop, the Old Bailey has heard.