A Derby man plotted an Islamic State-inspired attack on Britain with a home-made bomb or the poison ricin with a woman he met on a dating website, a court has heard today.
Munir Mohammed allegedly contacted a man on Facebook he believed was an IS commander to say he was ready to volunteer for a “job in the UK”.
He enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan, who knew what chemicals were needed to make a bomb, jurors were told.
The pair, of Sudanese origin, had met through a dating website called singlemuslim.com, the Old Bailey heard.
El-Hassan, referred to being a pharmacist in her profile and wrote: “I am looking for a simple, very simple, honest and straightforward man who fears Allah before anything else.”
It is alleged they had a “rapidly formed emotional attachment and a shared ideology”.
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At the time of his arrest, Mohammed allegedly had two of the three components for TATP explosives and instruction manuals on how to prepare explosives, mobile phone detonators and ricin.
Mohammed, 36, of Leopold Street, Derby, and El-Hassan, 33, of Willesden Lane, north-west London, are accused of preparing terrorist acts between November 2015 and December 2016.
Both deny the charge.
Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said: “This is a case which reflects the age in which we live. It demonstrates the relative ease with which acts of terrorism can be prepared, thanks to the internet.
“The prosecution allege that Munir Mohammed had resolved upon a lone wolf attack and that Rowaida El-Hassan was aware of his engagement with such a plan.”
The defendants had exchanged materials and views at a time Mohammed was planning an attack “motivated and inspired by what he had seen and heard on social media”, the lawyer said.
Ms Whyte said: “Rowaida El-Hassan had a professional knowledge of chemicals because of her professional training and qualifications.
“She assisted Mohammed by providing him with information about chemical components required for bomb-making and how to source them and she assisted his online research about the manufacture of ricin.
“In doing so she supported him in his engagement with attack planning.”
Mohammed had allegedly pledged allegiance to a so-called IS commander known online as Abubakr Kurdi.
Ms Whyte said: “He requested, using basic code, the receipt of bomb making instructions and had expressed willingness to participate in ‘a new job in the UK’ – in other words, in an act of terrorism involving extreme violence.”
The trial continues.