19-year-old Haroon Ali-Syed was brought to the court this week being convicted of plotting a homemade bomb in London Hyde Park where Sir Elton John was making a performance due to 9/11 anniversary. It is reported that the thug had made the detonating device following the instructions of the Islamic Jihad through the Internet.
Hyde Park was not the only target of the terrorist. According to the Times and Mail, he also considered an attack in Oxford Street, London’s main shopping district, or outside Buckingham Palace. Prosecutor Thomas Halpin said that the teen had researched online how “to make an incendiary explosive device”. He added: “His internet searches show he is searching busy places in London. Oxford Street, upcoming events in London. He is looking at internet searches. Where are soldiers in the UK, London’s top ten most crowded boroughs, Buckingham Palace, Royal Marines Reserve, City of London.”
Two other men were also arrested in raids alongside Mr Syed. One of the men was arrested on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act and failing to disclose information regarding an act of terrorism, while the other was arrested on suspicion of a religiously aggravated offence. Those two men were free on bail while Syed remains held captive. The trial continues.