Teenager who plotted to bomb Elton John concert on 9/11 anniversary is jailed for life

Haroon Ali Syed will serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole 

Wednesday 05 July 2017 09:38
Haroon Ali Syed, a British teenage Islamist who was jailed for a minimum of 16 years for plotting a bomb attack at an Elton John concert in London on the 9/11 anniversary
Haroon Ali Syed, a British teenage Islamist who was jailed for a minimum of 16 years for plotting a bomb attack at an Elton John concert in London on the 9/11 anniversary

A teenager whose phone passcode was “Isis” has been given a life sentence after planning terrorist attacks across London.

Haroon Ali Syed will serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole after he pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism between April and September 2016.

The 19-year-old from Hounslow admitted trying to get a machine gun, suicide vest and handguns but when he was unable to do so, settled on attempting to source a nail bomb.

He allegedly planned to use the weapon at a crowded area, such as Oxford street, or at an Elton John concert on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Syed unknowingly spoke to an undercover officer online and requested assistance in sourcing weapons.

Upon investigating, digital forensic analysis of his electronic devices showed Syed carried out numerous internet searches for Isis propaganda, bomb making guides and what appeared to be articles justifying the killing of women and children.

Commander Dean Haydon, of Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Our close working relationship with MI5 ensured we uncovered evidence that Syed was plotting to kill innocent members of the public.

"Today's sentence has ensured that a dangerous individual harbouring violent, terrorist ambitions has been removed from our community.

"This case is another example of the severity of the current threat from terrorism, which we cannot tackle alone. I urge communities to continue to support the police by reporting anything they feel is suspicious. Even if you think it is insignificant, please report it, and our specialist officers will decide the best course of action."

Two other men were arrested with Syed but were released with no further action taken.

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