Muslim school teacher planned a terror attack on gay bars

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Umar Haque, 25, was on Friday found guilty of two counts of preparation of terrorist acts and one count of collection of information that could be used by terrorists. He worked for a religious school and taught Islam at the private Lantern of Knowledge faith school in Leyton, east London, and had also worked at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, east London. The Old Bailey heard that he had abused the positions at the institutions to attempt to radicalise a number of children to build a home-grown jihadist army in the capital. Haque kept a list of potential targets for ISIS-inspired attacks and this list included several LGBT venues across London. He also claimed that he hated Britain and British people for their values and behavior. A further two men associated with Haque were also convicted of terror offences at the Old Bailey last week. Abuthaher Mamun, 29, was found guilty of one count of preparation of terrorist acts. Muhammad Abid, 27, was found guilty of one count of having information about acts of terrorism.

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