Teen girl 'plotted terror attack with mum and sister in all-female hit squad'

Safaa Boular was just 17-years-old when she allegedly decided to be a "martyr" – so determined to attack London that she allegedly enlisted the help of her sister to unleash a knife attack in Westminster in all-female hit squad.

The Old Bailey told heard that the young woman had planned on marrying IS fighter Naweed Hussain after knowing him for three months – hoping to join him in the war-torn country in 2016.

But the young woman's plan was allegedly foiled, and she turned her attention to carrying out an attack on British soil – with police claiming she told an undercover cop that all that she needed was a "car and a knife to get what I want to achieve".

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told the court: "Based in her preparation and discussion, it appears she planned to launch an attack against members of the public selected largely at random in the environs of that cultural jewel and most popular of tourist attractions, the British Museum in central London.

"This would have been an attack that would at the very least have caused widespread panic, but was intended to involve the infliction of serious injury and death."




The court was told that Safaa had spoken to her jihadi boyfriend about a life in Syria together, expecting to "don a suicide belt".

Safaa's alleged plan to travel to Syria was uncovered when she was interviewed by police, with the couple continuing to speak through the encrypted Telegram chat.

But her resolution to carry out an attack only hardened when she learnt Hussain had been killed, the court was told.

Safaa, who is now 18, was allegedly encouraged by her mother and sister to join her fiancé and become a "martyr".

The prosecutor said: "With positive encouragement from her mother and her sister, Rizlaine, Safaa Boular wanted to be reunited with her fiancé in paradise by becoming a martyr."

But within days, Safaa was charged over her plan to travel to Syria, with prosecutors saying she was no longer at liberty "to put her chilling intentions into practice herself" and instead wanted her older sister to "carry the torch forward."

Mr Atkinson continued: "However, that those intentions were not just chilling but sincere and determined is demonstrated by the fact that she did not abandon them ever when she was unable to put them into effect herself.

"Rather, she sought to encourage her sister, Rizlaine, to carry the torch forward in her stead.

"In short, Rizlaine Boular has admitted that, after Safaa Boular's incarceration, she engaged in acts of preparation to commit a terrorist attack in this country.

"Based on her preparation, reconnaissance and discussion, it appears that she planned to launch an attack, using knives against members of the public, in the environs of the Palace of Westminster in central London.

"Like her sister's thwarted plan, this was an attack that was intended to involve the infliction of serious injury and death."

Her older sister, Rizlaine Boular, 21, of Clerkenwell, central London, has already admitted planning an attack in Westminster in an all-female hit squad, allegedly involving knives and with the help and support of their mother Mina Dich, 43, the jury was told.

Their mother, Mina Dich, provided "positive assistance and support" to Rizlaine, knowing she would commit a knife attack, but did not necessarily understand it would involve death or injury, the court heard.

Boular, of Vauxhall, south London, denies two counts of preparation of terrorist acts.

The trial continues.



 

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