- West London radical wanted to out-do the 2013 killing of Lee Rigby
- He bought a knife and planned to hold up the severed head of his victim
- The 23-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years
Nadir Syed plotted an ISIS-inspired Remembrance Day attack on a poppy seller
A Muslim extremist who plotted a knife attack on a poppy seller on Remembrance Day was in touch with an ISIS member in Syria, it can be disclosed.
Nadir Syed was jailed for life today after he was found guilty of preparing acts of terrorism in an attack he hoped would out-do the brutality of Lee Rigby's murder.
The 23-year-old will serve a minimum sentence of 15 years before he is eligible for parole.
Detectives believe Syed, of Hounslow, West London, planned to sever the head of his victim and hold it up for the camera.
They feared Syed was just three days from launching his attack, aimed at a poppy seller on Remembrance Day or possibly a Police Special Constable (PCSO)
It can be reported today that he was in regular contact with two friends who had joined the terrorist group and had been encouraging others to launch terrorist attacks.
Syed is said to have admired ISIS executioner Jihadi John and secured his phone with the passcode 77911 in tribute to the 7/7 and 9/11 terrorist attacks.
He was obsessed with the killing of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich in 2013 and had an 'unnatural fascination with beheading by the use of knives,' Max Hill QC, prosecuting, said.
It can now be disclosed that Syed was close Omar Hussain, a former security guard at Morrisons supermarket in High Wycombe, who is now in Syria encouraging attacks on Western targets.
The jury in his trial was also not aware that a second friend of Syed's, Luqman Warsame, was killed in a Western air attack during fighting at the town of Kobane in Syria.