Terrorist who planned to put bomb inside remote-controlled car jailed

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Ms QwA terrorist who planned to load a bomb onto a remote control car to avoid hurting himself in the explosion has been jailed for 15 years.

Farhad Salah, 24, aimed to harm ‘infidels’ with his device that could be controlled from a distance.

The Isis supporter had been in the stages of testing small IEDs when he was caught.

Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said during the trial: ‘The intention was to manufacture a device which would be placed in a vehicle but controlled remotely so that no-one had to martyr themselves in the process.’

‘Farhad Salah had decided that improvised explosive devices could be made and used in a way here in the UK that spared his own life preferably but harmed others he considered to be infidels.’

She said that a week before being detained, the defendant had messaged a Facebook contact to say: ‘My only attempt is to find a way to carry out martyrdom operation with cars without driver, everything is perfect only the programme is left …’

Ms Whyte said Salah was ‘increasingly desperate’ to do something for Isis, but couldn’t travel to the Middle East because of his unsettled immigration status, with his application for asylum in the UK still being determined when he was arrested in December 2017.

Salah was found guilty earlier this month of preparing to commit acts of terrorism, after posting on social media about using a driverless car in an attack.

Judge Paul Watson QC said Salah had ‘become wedded to an extremist ideology and was preparing to take action to give effect to those views’.

He said the risk of him causing death or serious injury by his planned use of explosives was obvious.

The judge said Salah’s viewing of ‘utterly depraved and sickening’ extremist footage showed how committed he was.

He said: “’Your attitude to extreme violence and loss of life, sometimes in unimaginably horrifying circumstances, indicates clearly to me that you, had you carried your preparations through to conclusion, would have had no hesitation in causing loss of life or the infliction of terrible suffering.’

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