An Iraqi Muslim pretending to be an “asylum seeker”— who invaded Britain from the Calais “Jungle” camp on the back of a truck, and who had been on the UK Government’s laughable “counter-radicalisation program”—has been convicted of setting off a bomb in London’s underground railway network in which thirty people, 19 of them seriously.
Hassan delivers his bucket bomb onto the train.
According to a report in London’s Evening Standard newspaper, Iraqi Ahmed Hassan, 18, “plotted ‘carnage’ on the Underground with an improvised device he had filled with a volatile explosive and packed with 2.2kgs of metal shrapnel.”
The nonwhite set the bucket bomb off with a modified kitchen timer, set to explode at Parsons Green station as commuters headed to work on September 15, 2017.
The device only partially detonated, the court heard, but sent a fireball shooting through the carriage.
The court heard that both Hassan’s parents were dead by the time he was six, and that he blamed Britain for his father’s death in an airstrike on Baghdad. He was also upset by ongoing airstrikes, sending a text message to one of his lecturers: “Your country continues to bomb my people daily.”
Alison Morgan, prosecuting, told the jury that Hassan had been motivated by “anger and hatred” against Britain.
The court heard that he had told one of his lecturers at Brooklands College that he believed he had “a duty to hate Britain” because of the death of his father. “The anger was really clear,” the lecturer said.
At one point Hassan had referred to Tony Blair. Glancing at his mobile telephone during one meeting, the lecturer saw a message saying: “Islamic State has accepted your donation.” She had been particularly concerned by the word “duty”.
In July last year, Hassan contacted the same lecturer again, texting to complain: “Your country continues to bomb my people daily.”
The court heard that Hassan had told Home Office immigration officials that he had been abducted by Islamic State in Iraq and had spent three months “being trained how to kill”.
It was a story that had been suggested to him, he said, while he was at the makeshift refugee camp outside Calais that is known as the “Jungle”. The camp, he told the court, was a place “people of experience” dreamed up plausible tales, and sold them to people who were trying to smuggle themselves into Britain.
He said that he did not want to admit that since his father’s death he and his elder brother had been raised by an uncle in a relatively safe and prosperous town north of Baghdad.
Nevertheless, he was referred to the Prevent program in Surrey, and then subjected to the Channel counter-radicalisation initiative, which was intended to “draw him away from terrorist impulses.”
After the verdict, Commander Dean Haydon, the head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, said that Hassan had given every impression that he was “engaging positively” with the deradicalisation initiatives.
Hassan, who was arrested at Dover while trying to flee the country, will be sentenced within the next few days.