London, UK — A former Uber driver was convicted Monday of plotting a vehicle and weapons attack on London tourist sites including Gay Pride parade.
According to police, Mohiussunnath Chowdhury previously was once involved and arrested for attacking police with a sword outside Buckingham Palace.
The court heard 28-year-old had “dreams of martyrdom” as he planned gun, knife and van onslaughts on targets.
Furthermore, Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson revealed that the suspect desired to “unleash death and suffering” on non-Muslims. This is after allegedly absorbing sermons from extremist preachers including Al-Qaeda’s Anwar Al-Awlaki.
He confided his plans to undercover police officers posing as fellow extremists. Moreover, the ex-Uber driver had been on police radar for some time.
Meanwhile, preparing for his atrocity, Chowdhury lifted weights, practiced stabbing and rehearsed beheading techniques.
In 2017, police arrested him for preparing an act of terrorism after slashing police officers outside Buckingham Palace with a sword. During that incident, Chowdhury wounded two unarmed officers when they fought to disarm him. Furthermore, the victims disclosed that Chowdhury shouted repeatedly “Allahu Akbar”, which means God is the greatest.
However, the court found him not guilty after claiming at a trial that he was trying to provoke the officers to shoot him dead.
After the acquittance, he resumed his plans to kill tourists in London by 2019. Meanwhile, his sister Sneha Chowdhury, 25, did nothing to stop him.
In a secretly taped recording from June last year, Chowdhury can be heard saying: “If you’re one man and there’s a million kuffar (unbelievers), you are free to fight them. If your intentions are clear, you’re fighting for the pleasure of Allah.
“And if you die that’s completely fine, it’s even more virtuous, you know.
“The weapons are a must, these firearms, it’s a 100%. Just make sure you have clips, Akhi (‘brother’), you have enough clips, know what I’m saying.”
Chowdhury’s sentence will take place on March 13. His sister, Sneha Chowdhury, was convicted of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.