Husnain Rashid, 31, provided advice on how a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist could carry out an attack with poison, chemicals, bombs and knives. He was also in communication with a known IS fighter in Syria and ran his own internet channel, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
Rashid posted 360,000 messages on 150 different chat threads on Telegram between November 2016 and his arrest on 22 November last year. He also urged thousands of social media followers to carry out terror attacks at the World Cup in Russia.
Today he was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years. The court heard that Rashid had encouraged followers to inject cyanide into fruit and vegetables at grocery stores and inject poison into ice cream.
Rashid’s trial began but he was re-arraigned and admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one of encouraging terrorism on May 31.
Officers seized almost £6,000 which they believed was going to be used to fund terrorism. Annabel Darlow, prosecuting, said Rashid utilised a number of online channels and chat groups to post an immense volume of terrorist-related material.
She said: ‘He coordinated others to take part in terrorist activities both in the UK and abroad. His plans were well developed and but for the intervention of the authorities he would have succeed.
‘His behaviour was very likely to be responsible for multiple deaths arising from what were lone-wolf style attacks. ‘The Crown would identify a number of aggravating factors.
They are recent and repeated possession or accessing of extremist material.
‘Communication with other extremists and the deliberate us of encrypted communications to facilitate the offences. ‘The indoctrination and encouragement of others and attempts to disguise his identity to prevent detection.
‘The overarching aim of his activities was to provide a wealth of online material – an ‘e’ tool-kit for terrorism, for those preparing to commit acts of terror and to offer as much assistance,
She added: ‘His proposals were indiscriminate and made no distinction between adult and child, between members of fighting forces and civilians. ‘His suggestions included injecting poison into supermarket ice creams and targeting Prince George at his first school.
He provided an unstoppable and hate-filled flow of encouragement for others to commit acts of terror – attacks with vehicles, explosive devices, bombs, chemicals, any attack you can imagine one person committing on their own.
‘He made numerous postings glorifying successful terrorist atrocities committed by others and encouraging and inciting his readers to plan and commit successful terror attacks of their own.
‘His activities were prolific. They encompassed running an online channel called the ‘Lone Mujahid’ and uploading a number of resources to assist those planning their own attacks. ‘His special interest was in assisting the “lone wolf” attacker; the Lone Mujahid to commit attacks.
RRashid of Lancashire, admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one of encouraging terrorism.
Judge Andrew Lees,Sentenced him to three life sentences.