18-year-old Muslima plots grenade and gun jihad attack on British Museum
A teenager has been found guilty of plotting a terrorist attack in London, making her one of the youngest females to be charged and convicted of terrorism offences in the UK.
Safaa Boular, 18, who was accused of discussing a grenade and gun attack on the British Museum in central London with her Islamic State militant partner, Naweed Hussain, was also found guilty over an earlier attempt to travel to Syria for terrorism.
When she was detained on charges of attempting to travel to Isis-controlled territory in Syria, she passed the plot on to her older sister, Rizlaine Boular, 22.
Safaa Boular, who lived at home with her mother, Mina Dich, 44, in Vauxhall, south-west London, had denied two counts of preparing acts of terrorism.
Her sister had already pleaded guilty to planning a knife attack in London. Dich admitted assisting her, and their family friend Khawla Barghouthi, 21, pleaded guilty to failing to disclose information about an attack….
Boular chatted to Hussain on a secret mobile phone. After Hussain was killed in Syria, she told undercover MI5 officers she planned to carry out his plans for an attack in the UK and join him in martyrdom.
When she was charged and detained for planning to travel to Isis territory for terrorism, she recruited her sister. Safaa and Rizlaine Boular discussed the attack in a coded conversation – played to the court – about an Alice in Wonderland-themed party.
In a recording, Rizlaine Boular said she wanted to have “an English tea party kind of thing, little tea cups, tea cakes and stuff”, and Safaa Boular suggested an Alice in Wonderland theme, saying: “You can be the Mad Hatter ‘cause your hair’s crazy. You can have cucumber and butter sandwiches.”
Around the same time, Dich and Rizlaine Boular travelled around various landmarks in London, which was believed to be a reconnaissance of potential targets. The following day, they went to a supermarket on Wandsworth Road and purchased a packet of kitchen knives and a rucksack….