IS sympathiser asked advice on Twitter to bomb London tube or shops

  • AFP, London
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2015 16:46 IST
Mohammed Rehman used the twitter username ‘Silent Bomber’ with the profile picture of IS militant known as Jihadi John, a masked executioner who is seen brandishing a knife in this still image from a 2014 video. (Reuters File Photo)

A man who allegedly asked Twitter users for their thoughts on whether he should bomb a shopping centre or the London Underground metro train network went on trial in Britain on Tuesday.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, used the Twitter name, Silent Bomber, with a profile picture of the Islamic State executioner “Jihadi John” and is said by prosecutors to have had a “keen interest” in the extremist IS group.

He was arrested in May this year after posting a tweet saying: “Westfield shopping centre or London underground? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.”

That was accompanied by a link to an al-Qaeda press release about the London bombings in 2005 that killed 52 people apart from four suicide bombers.

Rehman, 25 and from Reading, west of London, is on trial at London’s Old Bailey court. He was accused of preparing terrorist acts and possessing an article for terrorist purposes. His wife Sana Ahmed Khan has also been charged for preparing terrorist acts.

As Rehnab was arrested, police seized more than 10 kilograms of urea nitrate. The accused had allegedly tested explosives in his back garden.

“Given his prior knowledge, experience and the ready availability of the chemicals, the manufacture of a detonator would have taken no more than a couple of days and could have been done by him much quicker if he chose to,” prosecutor Tony Badenoch told the court.

The pair deny any wrongdoing and the trial continues.

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