UK: Teenager Ahmed Hassan Found Guilty Of Tube Bombing Attempted Murder

From The Telegraph:
An Iraqi asylum seeker has been found guilty of attempted murder over the Parsons Green Tube bombing.

Ahmed Hassan, 18, who came to Britain illegally in 2015, had denied intending to cause harm with the blast, telling jurors he made the device as a cry for attention.

He claimed he was “certain” it would not explode, having tested a sample on the kitchen table – and maintained that the idea of killing someone had never crossed his mind.

But the prosecution said the student was moved by “anger and hatred” when he planted the 400g of ‘Mother of Satan’ explosives on a packed District Line carriage on September 15 last year.

Hassan was known to the authorities having told Home Office officials he had been ‘trained to kill’ by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

He was taken in by foster parents Penny and Ron Jones MBE, and studied media and photography at Brooklands College in Weybridge.

Hassan was also enrolled on the Government’s de-radicalising, Prevent, programme, but counter-terrorism officers, claimed he had deviously kept his evil intentions secret.

During his trial at the Old Bailey, it was revealed that he had told a college mentor it was his “duty to hate Britain”,after his father was killed in Iraq.

But Hassan, who had been living with foster parents in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey, had denied attempted murder and using the chemical compound TATP to cause an explosion that was likely to endanger life.

He was convicted by a unanimous verdict and will be sentenced next week.

Following the verdict, Commander Dean Haydon, head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, confirmed that a review into the Prevent programme in Surrey was now taking place with a view to implementing “any necessary recommendations”.

Mr Haydon said: “I describe Hassan as an intelligent and articulate individual that is devious and cunning in equal measures.

“On the one hand he was appearing to engage with the (Prevent) programme but he kept secret what he was planning and plotting. We describe him as a lone actor.”…

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