UK’s youngest female terrorist jailed over London bomb plot after judge rejects claims she is ‘no longer a Muslim’ – The Sun
BRITAIN’S youngest female terror plotter has today been caged for life over a plot to bomb London after a judge rejected her claims she has been de-radicalised.
Safaa Boular, 18, was branded the “Mad Hatter” after she used coded language with an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme to discuss the murderous scheme.
The UK’s youngest convicted female terrorist came up with the plan after her passport was seized to stop her joining her ISIS fighter husband Naweed Hussain, 32, in Raqqa, Syria
She even went on a “reconnaissance journey” around major landmarks in Westminster – taking a chilling selfie outside M16 headquarters.
Boular has now been caged for life with a minimum of 13 years at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism abroad and in the UK.
She is the youngest female to be charged with planning an IS attack in the UK.
He lawyers told the court the teenager had been “groomed” into Islamist ideas and is now “no longer a Muslim”.
But Judge Mark Dennis QC rejected that, saying: “In my view there’s insufficient evidence to say at this stage this defendant is a truly transformed individual. Her views were deeply entrenched.”
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Rizlaine Boular, top with her sister Safaa, front, left and mum Mina Dich
On the ‘reconnaissance journey’ around the major landmarks in Westminster including MI6, she snapped this selfie
He added: “However much she may have been influenced and drawn into extremism, it appeared she knew what she was doing and acted with open eyes.”.
Boular first began planning a grenade and gun attack on the British Museum when she was thwarted from joining her ISIS husband in Syria.
She then passed the baton to her sister Rizlaine, 22, after she was arrested and remanded in custody for trying to travel to the war zone.
Her fellow plotters admitted their roles before the trial and were sentenced in June.
Rizlaine received life imprisonment with a minimum of 16 years and Dich was jailed for an extended sentence of 11 years and nine months – six years and nine months in prison and five years on licence.
Judge Dennis said: “It would appear that by 2012, 2013, a new theme had emerged in the family, namely Mina Dich’s increasing move towards a conservative and ultimately more extreme version of the Islamic faith.”This affected not only her mindset and approach to daily life.. but also that of her daughters.”
CCTV footage shows Mina Dich and Rizlaine Boular purchasing knives at a supermarket amid ISIS inspired terror plot on London with Safaa Boular
Speaking after the trial in June, Boular’s 52-year-old dad said: “It started in the house.
“If my children lived among other kids, free like everybody else’s, then none of this would’ve happened.
“Whatever they have done is to please the mother.
“If the mother is happy, they’re happy. If they went against her will, then they would see a huge punishment. Social services failed to do their job.”
The women were snared in a “proactive” investigation involving surveillance by counter-terrorism police and MI5 agents posing online as IS operatives.
Counter-terrorism chief Dean Haydon, of Scotland Yard, said the case demonstrated a worrying rise in youngsters being arrested for terrorism.
The court heard how Boular was just 16 when she was wooed online by Coventry-born IS fighter Naweed Hussain, 32.
The couple got married in an online ceremony and talked of donning his-and-hers suicide belts to achieve martyrdom together.
She was filmed lurking outside the MI6 headquarters in central London
Police uncovered Boular’s plans to join him following an airport stop in August 2016 and confiscated her passport.
While on bail, Boular turned her attention to an attack on the British Museum, encouraged by Hussain in “lovey-dovey” messages.
Burka-wearing Boular also scoped out the MI6 headquarters near her home, and took a selfie in front of the building, the court heard.
Hussain was lured into revealing his murderous intentions to British secret service agents posing as IS supporters online before he was killed in a drone strike.
When an agent pretending to be his commander informed Boular of his death on April 4 last year, she was wracked by grief and resolved to join him.
Chilling footage shows Britain’s youngest female terrorist outside MI6 headquarters where she posed for a selfie
She revealed to the undercover officer that Hussain had talked about attacking the British Museum with a “tokarev” Russian-made pistol and “pineapples” – code for grenades.
On being remanded in custody over her attempt to travel to Syria, Boular persuaded fellow IS supporter Rizlaine Boular to take up the baton.
In coded telephone calls involving their mother Mina Dich, 44, the sisters discussed a traditional English tea party with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Rizlaine Boular said she knew “a few recipes for some amazing cakes” for a “proper like English tea party kind of thing”.
Safaa and her mum were filmed on CCTV buying a pack of Sainsbury’s kitchen knives, including one with a six-inch blade, and a rucksack
Safaa Boular suggested a “Alice in Wonderland theme” telling her sister: “You can be the Mad Hatter ’cause your hair’s crazy.”
Mother-of-four Dich responded: “That will be fun.”
Rizlaine Boular then set about reconnaissance around the Palace of Westminster, and bought knives and a rucksack from Sainsbury’s.
She was accompanied by Dich, unaware that they were under surveillance by counter-terrorism police.
Rizlaine Boular shared her plans with her friend Khawla Barghouthi, 21, and even practised a knife attack at her home in Willesden, north west London.
She was shot when armed police moved in to arrest the gang but went on to make a full recovery.
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Safaa Boular is seen in court
Picture shows the inside of Safaa Boular’s London flat where she plotted the Alice in Wonderland-themed terror attack
She wanted to get married and live peacefully in Raqqa, where women were not called “umbrella” or “post box” for wearing Islamic dress, she said.
Three times, she said Hussain urged her to attack the UK – over Christmas 2016, Valentine’s Day and around her birthday in March last year – but she rebuffed him.
Boular, who viewed gory beheadings and chatted about killing US President Barack Obama, told jurors: “Nothing online is real.”
In the year since she had been in custody, she said she had changed and now opts to wear Western clothes rather than a burka.
Rizlaine Boular, and Dich, from Vauxhall, south London, pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism and Barghouthi admitted failing to alert authorities.
April 27 2017: Cops in Willesden battle to treat Rizlaine Boular – first female terror suspect shot in UK history
Boular encouraged her sister Rizlaine Boular, 21, to carry out a knife attack at the Houses of Parliament
Mr Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, said: “This was without doubt a major investigation, a proactive investigation. This involved a family with murderous intent, the first all-female terrorist plot in the UK connected to Daesh.
“It’s difficult to say if we will see more females. We have seen young children involved in martyrdom attacks. We have seen Daesh using young children.
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“Here in the UK, we have seen an increase in young people, teenagers, getting involved.
“Arrests of youngsters have increased over the last 12 months and clearly that is a concern for us.”
He described Safaa Boular as a “confident, articulate, intelligent and a relatively mature 18-year-old” who had been “quite devious” in the way she hid her plans
He added: “As a family unit they are pretty dysfunctional. On the evidence we can see they had access to a vast amount of extremist material.”
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