UK: Two Men Attempted To Use Driverless Car In Terror Attack

From The Independent:
Two men accused of jointly plotting a terror attack were attempting to manufacture an explosive device involving a driverless car, a court has heard.

Andy Star, 32, who lived and worked at the Mermaid Fish Bar on Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, and Farhad Salah were working together in a bid to make the weapon, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC told the court how the pair were supporters of terrorist organisation Isis, and how Salah had arrived in the UK in 2014, but had not had his asylum claim determined prior to his arrest.

She said: “The prosecution allege that Farhad Salah and Andy Star had decided that improvised explosive devices could be made and used in a way here in the UK that spared their own lives preferably but harmed others they considered to be infidels.”

During her opening speech, Ms Whyte read a message, sent by 23-year-old Salah in December 2017, in which he told a contact: “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.”

Describing how this was evidence Salah was “attack planning”, Ms Whyte added: “But he was not planning alone.

“Andy Star had access to the materials necessary to conduct small test runs with explosives and Star was making those devices in his flat.”

The court also heard the ideology of Salah, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was evident in his social media messages, with Ms Whyte telling how his communications reflected “his affiliation to Islamic State”….

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