A self-styled teacher and supporter of Islamic State has been found guilty of trying to create an “army of children” more than a hundred-strong to help carry out a wave of terrorist attacks across London.
The defendant, 25-year-old Umar Haque was convicted of preparing acts of terrorism between March 25 and May 18 last year. Among his intended targets were iconic British landmarks including Big Ben, the Queen’s Guard and Heathrow Airport.
Haque subjected up to 110 children between the ages of 11 and 14 to beheading videos and other violent militant propaganda under the guise of teaching Islamic Studies, the court heard.
Despite the fact Haque had no teaching qualifications, he had access to 250 young people over five years at two schools through his job as an administrator. Among the schools where he taught, was the fee-paying Lantern of Knowledge Islamic school in Leyton, and Essex Islamic Academy, also known as Ripple Road Mosque, in east London. …
The children were forced to re-enact last year’s deadly Westminster attack and were trained to build up their strength. “He tried to prepare the children for martyrdom by making them role-play terrorist attacks. Part of that role-playing was re-enacting attacking police officers,” [said Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command].
Haydon said the children were sworn to secrecy and did not tell their parents, as they had been “paralyzed by fear.”
Even the last totalitarian political ideology to threaten the West, communism, did not have its own schools for training ideological soldiers in the West. Imagine if the Russians had staffed the Karl Marx Revolutionary School in London at the height of the cold war? Oh wait, there was the long march through the institutions …
hat-tip Stephen Neil