Monday, 22 October, 2018

Iraqi asylum seeker guilty of London Tube bombing

Police forensics officers work near a train at the Parsons Green station Shy and 'private' student in search of better life built bomb for attention
Orlando Vargas | 17 March, 2018, 19:10

The device contained 400 grams, or almost a pound, of high explosives and 2.2 kilograms, or about five pounds, of shrapnel, the court was told, but Mr. Hassan, argued that he was "certain" the bomb would not explode.

On the morning of September 15 previous year, he left his home and caught a train to Wimbledon carrying his bomb inside a Lidl bag.

The bomb went off at Parsons Green station and flames engulfed the carriage, but it did not fully explode, limiting the scale of injuries in what authorities said was Britain's fifth major attack of 2017.

He used his student of the year award of a £20 Amazon voucher to buy one of the key chemicals online.

Hassan was arrested in the southern port of Dover the following day. Prosecutors argued he carried out the attack as he blamed the United Kingdom for his father's death in Iraq.

He spent hours watching action movies and documentaries on fugitives, fuelling a fantasy idea that became appealing to him.

"I was thrown to the ground", he said. "I was very bored, I wanted attention".

A jury at the Old Bailey court in London heard how the combination of chemicals he used to make the device was extremely unsafe, with even a gram having the potential to cause serious injury and damage on detonation, according to a statement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

He continues to be remanded in custody and will be sentenced on a date that will be fixed next week.

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It will be in line with section 30 of the Terrorism Act 2008.

The fireball from the Parsons Green bomb.

Hassan, who arrived in Britain in October 2015, told officials that he feared Islamic State and had been taken by force in Iraq and trained "how to kill".

Another lecturer said Hassan's placement with foster parents Ron and Penny Jones that year had "invigorated" a boy she thought seemed "traumatised" when he first arrived at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey.

He had components delivered while his foster parents were on holiday in Blackpool.

One of his college tutors told jurors that Hassan had said it was his "duty" to hate Britain prior to the botched bomb attack.

He answered: "No. I never disrespected anyone in my life, in this country".

Mrs Jones added: "I can only say he betrayed me".

A review of Hassan's dealings with Prevent is under way, he said. He claimed he had lied to the Home Office about being kidnapped by IS in order to secure asylum, after being advised in the Jungle to make up a story.

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