A teenage girl plotted a terror attack in Britain using ‘pineapple’ hand grenades and a firearm after marrying an Islamic State fighter on Skype, a court heard today.
The 17-year-old from London allegedly wanted to ‘become a martyr’, and received instructions on how to use the deadly arsenal.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is also accused of trying to enlist someone else to carry out the plan.
The 17-year-old appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (file picture) today
She appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today wearing a navy blue Nike tracksuit, and with her hair in a ponytail.
She was charged yesterday with the intention of committing acts of terrorism between December 1 last year and April 12 this year.
The charge alleges she ‘engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention’.
This included ‘communicating with a Daesh fighter in Syria and arranging to receive weapons in order to conduct an attack in the UK’, it claims.
The charge also alleges she received ‘instructions on how train and use weapons’, and she reached ‘out to another to receive assistance in completing plan’.
Karen Jones, prosecuting, told the court the girl ‘had her plans to travel to Syria thwarted in August of 2016’.
The girl was charged following an investigation by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. The headquarters of Scotland Yard in London are pictured
Following this, she continued to speak to a man ‘who was a Daesh fighter in Raqqa she had married some time in September over Skype’, the prosecutor added.
Ms Jones said: ‘Between them they hatched a plan to conduct an attack in the United Kingdom. (The defendant) then communicated with others and indicated exactly what that plan was.
‘She was effectively going to receive “pineapples”, otherwise known as hand grenades, and a firearm, and intended to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK. She (had) a desire to become a martyr.’
The teenager was previously charged on April 12 this year with another count of the intention of committing acts of terrorism.
The earlier charge alleges that between January 1, 2016 and March 31 this year she engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect the intention, namely communicating with a person within ISIS, possessing a flight booking to Istanbul intending to travel to Syria, and self-radicalising.
The girl indicated a plea of not guilty to the court through her lawyer. District Judge Tan Ikram remanded her in custody. She is due to appear again at the Old Bailey on August 11.
The girl was charged following an investigation by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command.
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