A schoolboy plotted to carry out a ‘lone-wolf’ terror attack in Cardiff armed with a kitchen knife and hammer after pledging an allegiance to ISIS, a court heard.
The 17-year-old, from a white British background, is accused of planning a massacre in the Welsh capital after penning a ‘martyrdom letter’ declaring himself a soldier of ISIS.
Birmingham Crown Court heard he also penned notes and Instagram posts warning ‘blood would flow like rivers’ and he would ‘strike the infidels who oppose Allah in the neck’.
The teenager, from the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales, was detained by police at his home after posting a picture of Cardiff Castle on Instagram and threatening to ‘run down non-believers with a car’.
The 17-year-old, from the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales, was detained by police at his home after posting a picture of Cardiff Castle (pictured) on Instagram
Opening the case against the teenager, prosecutor Matthew Brook said a note found in the boy’s bedroom read ‘I am a soldier of the Islamic State.
‘I have attacked Cardiff today because your government keep on bombing targets in Syria and Iraq. There will be more attacks in the future.’
The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was detained by police on June 30 this year.
Among the posts allegedly made on the boy’s Instagram account was one which read ‘Oh my Islamic State brothers you are the role models of these worlds.
‘The attack in Cardiff will be deadly. May the infidels get hit by vehicles. May the blood flow like rivers. Stop bombing the homeland Theresa May.’
Another post – allegedly copied from an ISIS publication – promised ‘brutality and severity’ to non-believers.
The barrister told the court ‘In June of this year, the defendant had been posting material on Instagram.
‘He posted images of terrorists, pictures of the Isis flag and images encouraging a terrorist attack on Cardiff.’
After police went to the boy’s home he told them the password for his Instagram account was ‘TruckAttack’ and they seized his mobile phone, the court heard.
A laptop was also found at the property loaded with two copies of a propaganda magazine containing instructions about how to carry out knife and vehicle attacks.
Mr Brook added ‘From (the defendant’s) bedroom, they recovered his school rucksack.
‘Inside the rucksack they found a large kitchen knife and a hammer. Also, inside it was a martyrdom letter – a note saying that he was a soldier of the Islamic State and he had attacked Cardiff.
‘Why would he write such a letter? Because, if you are going to commit a terrorist attack in which you presume you will die, you need people to know afterwards why you did it.’
The teenager denies preparing to commit acts of terrorism by engaging in online research into attack planning at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured)
After the teenager was detained, police were concerned about whether an attack on Cardiff was planned, and a ‘safety interview’ was carried out at a police station.
‘He told the police that he had been talking to someone on Instagram for about a week,’ Mr Brook told the jury.
‘That person had told him he would go to hell because he did not believe in Islam.
‘That person had told him he needed to do an act of terrorism if he wanted to go to paradise.
‘The defendant accepted in this interview that he had posted material on Instagram about an attack on Cardiff, but claimed he did not mean for it to do any harm.
‘He stated that he had put the hammer and knife in his bag, but he claimed to the police that he had not intended to use them to attack anybody.’
Mr Brook told the jury ‘In this case, the evidence will prove that he became radicalised over the internet.
‘He had terrorist material stored on his computer, he published posts on Instagram which encouraged terrorism, and he was planning a ‘lone wolf’ style attack in the name of Islam.’
The teenager denies preparing to commit acts of terrorism by engaging in online research into attack planning.
He also denies two counts of encouraging terrorism by posting images on Instagram and two counts of possession of a record of terrorist information, namely an Isis propaganda magazine.
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