Terror plans were just 'jihad banter', says man who attacked police with sword outside Buckingham Palace

Making plans to obtain a gun and fantasising about terror attacks were just “jihad banter”, an alleged terrorist has claimed. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, who attacked police officers outside Buckingham Palace with a sword in 2017, denies planning new atrocities after being acquitted of a terror offence and released from prison. Prosecutors told Woolwich Crown Court that as well as discussing attacks on potential targets including a gay pride parade, Madame Tussauds and London tourists, he told undercover police officers that he fantasised about a vehicle attack on Remembrance Day.

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“He stated that he thought that it would be amazing to plough a truck into the ceremony whilst the two minutes’ silence would be broken by the sounds of ‘Allahu akbar’ and then the attack,” Duncan Atkinson QC told the jury. “[Mr Chowdhury] went on to say that it would be impossible to do due to the amount of security and ‘pigs’ at the event with blockades and road blocks.”

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21/50 3January2020

Protesters, holding a photograph of the leader of thePeople’sMujahedin ofIranMassoudRajavi,outside

DowningStreet inLondon after the US killedGeneralQassemSoleimani in a drone strike atBaghdad’s international airport.Soleimani was head ofTehran’s eliteQudsForce andIran’s top general PA

22/50 2January2020

A keeper counts squirrel-monkeys atLondonZoo during the annual stocktake.Caring for more than500 different species, ZSLLondonZoo’s keepers face the challenging task of tallying up every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at theZoo AP

23/50 1January2020

PeterWright celebrates winningwith theSidWaddell trophy at theDartsWorldChampionships inLondonHe stunnedMichael van(********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* )to clinch his first title 7-3

PA

24/5031December2019

Surfers atTynemouth on the north east coast PA

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25/5030December2019

Deer graze in the morning mist as cyclists ride by inRichmondPark,London Reuters

26/5029December2019

Night sky after the sunset atWhitleyBay inNorthumberland

PA

27/5028December2019

TheHarlequins players arrive at the stadium prior to theGallagherPremiershipRugbyBigGame12 match betweenHarlequins andLeicester Tigers atTwickenahmStadium GettyImages forHarlequins

28/5027December2019

A car drives through floodwater nearHarbridge, north ofRingwood inHampshire, after the riverAvon burst its banks PA

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29/5026December2019

Participants in theOldSurrey andWestKentBoxingDayHunt inChiddingstoneHuntingwith horses and hounds is aBoxingDay tradition.Since the fox hunting ban in2004, modified hunts take place using scented trails for the animals to follow

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30/5025December2019

Swimmers of theSerpentineSwimmingClub take part in thePeterPanCup race, which is held everyChristmasDay at theSerpentine, in centralLondon PA

31/5024December2019

. Shoppers bid for cuts of meat during aChristmasEve auction inSmithfield market inLondon

EPA

32/5023December2019

Reggie the dog is rescuedwith a boat from flooding at theLittle VeniceCountryPark andMarina inMaidstone AFP viaGetty

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33/50 22December2019

People gather atStonehenge inWiltshire to mark the winter solstice, and to witness the sunrise after the longest night of the year PA

34/5021December2019

Southampton’sJackStephens scores their second goal againstAstonVilla

Reuters

35/5020December2019

The coffin arrives for the funeral ofLondonBridge terror attack victimJackMerritt atGreatStMary’sChurch inCambridge PA

36/5019December2019

QueenElizabeth II and her sonPrinceCharles walk behind theImperialStateCrown as they proccess through theRoyalGallery, before theQueen’sSpeech, during theStateOpening ofParliament .

AFP viaGetty

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37/5018December2019

LukeJerram’s art installation’Gaia’, a replica of planet earth created using detailedNasa imagery of theEarth’s surface, hangs on display at theEdenProject inStAustell,Cornwall PA

38/5017December2019

A surfer gets into the festive spirit at the inland surfing lagoon atTheWave, nearBristol PA

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Snowy conditions nearDeepdale in theYorkshireDalesNationalPark as snow hits parts of the UK

PA

40/5015December2019

OisinCarson, 5, picks aChristmas tree atWicklow WayChristmas tree farm inRoundwood PA

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41/5014December2019

FirstMinister,NicolaSturgeon, takes a selfie as she joins the SNPs newly elected MPs for a group photooutside the V&AMuseum inDundee,Scotland GettyImages

42/5013December2019

PrimeMinisterBorisJohnson andCarrieSymonds arrive back atDowningStreet after the results for the general electionwere announced.TheConservativeParty wonwith an overall majority

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A dogoutside a polling station during the general election inNorthumberland Reuters

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LiberalDemocrat leaderJoSwinson stands between aStopBrexit sign as she attends a general election campaign event atEsherRugbyClub, south westLondonBritain will go to the polls tomorrow to vote AFP viaGetty

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A surfer off theNorthEast coast atTynemouth

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LeahRossiter( left) andCearaCarney, dressed as mermaids, join members of theIrishWildlifeTrust andExtinctionRebellionIreland protestingoutsideLeinsterHouse inDublin, against overfishing inIrishWaters PA

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Labour party leaderJeremyCorbyn poses for selfieswith supporters at a general election rally inColwynBay, northWales AFP viaGetty

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SpeedoMickoutside the stadium before thePremierLeague match betweenEverton andChelsea atGoodisonPark

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When questioned about his comments by a defence lawyer onFriday, the defendant said he was”very ashamed” “I feel very ashamed but this is the kind of stuff I would hear other prison inmates talk about – I said this kind of stuff to impress them,”MrChowdhury said. “I think it’s more jihad banter, the kind of stuff you talk about in prison.

I wanted to impress them about ‘look how hardcore I am’, kind of thing.” The court heard that the28- year-old met terror convicts including theParsonsGreen bomber and other”likeminded brothers” while being held on remand at HMPBelmarsh over theBuckinghamPalace incident. He is accused of discussing numerous potential attackswith undercoverpolice officerswho posed as jihadis to monitorMrChowdhury following his release from prison inDecember2018, when he was acquitted of preparing an act of terrorism after a retrial.

After booking a place on a firearms training course, he said to one of the officers:”Bro we’ve got the guns in our hands, what’s to stop us from turning round and using on them yeah … have a few training sessions then all of sudden take their guns off them, take them out then cracking go on from there.”

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MrChowdhury told the court that the suggestion was”jihad banter”, aswere enquiries he made into obtaining a gun. “I didn’t want to see these weapons, I just wanted to see if you could get them,” he said.”It’s just part of the jihad banter, innit.” He also discussed the possibility of travelling to(*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

) to trainwith the(**************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )Defence Forces, then”all of a sudden turn the guns on them”, or going”on holiday where jihad is going on” The defendant claimed he had been”playing along”with one of the undercover officers and did not intend to carry out a terror attack. He claimed he was afraid of one of the undercover officers,who had offered to help him obtain a gun, and was”trying to not act like a wuss”

MrChowdhury added:”I was scared he might kill me, he might kill my family. He knows where I live so I was scared for my life.” He told the jury that he believed in a form of jihad but”when the antichrist comes alongside Jesus” in the”endtimes”

“That’s the battle I want to be fighting,” he said.”I don’t want to do any terrorist acts, I don’t believe in it.” MrChowdhury accused one of the undercover officers of”pressuring” him to commit an attack, adding:”I was bantering with him but every time he tries to make it real I’m backing off because I didn’t want to do anything like this at all, I just wanted his friendship.”

SnehaChowdhury leavingWoolwichCrownCourt inLondon on 6January2020( PA).

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He is accused of watchingIsis propaganda videos including footage of gay men being thrown off buildings and guides to”vehicular jihad” (*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )said he played undercover officers speeches by al- Qaeda- linked hate preacherAnwar al-Awlaki

The court heard that he was acquitted of a terror charge over theBuckinghamPalacesword attack after”deceiving” a previous jury.OnFridayMrChowdhury claimed he had produced the weapon in order to commit”suicide by cop” Prosecutors said that after his release he engaged in physical training, acquiring wooden training swords, enrolling on the shooting training course and obtaining a replica pistol while seeking a live firearm and ammunition. MrAtkinson said the defendant undertook knife practice in his bedroom andsword practicewith his sister,SnehaChowdhury,who is chargedwith failing to informpolice about hisplans

MrChowdhury, ofKirkwoodRoad inLuton, denies preparing acts of terrorism, disseminating a terrorist publication and possessing terrorist information.

His25- year-old sister, of the same address, denies two counts of failing to disclose information about terrorist activity.The trial continues.

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