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Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

10:30, Thursday, 18 January, 2018
Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Big Ben and Heathrow Airport were among landmarks targeted by a British man who was "fascinated" by the so-called Islamic State, a court has heard.

Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from east London, denies preparing acts of terrorism.

He is on trial at the Old Bailey in London alongside three other men, aged between 19 and 27.

Mark Heywood QC, opening the case, said Mr Haque had decided to "carry out one or more violent attacks" in the UK and had "identified methods and targets".

The court heard his other intended targets included the Queen's Guard, the courts, Transport for London, Shia Muslims, Westfield shopping centres, banks in the City of London, Parliament, the English Defence League or Britain First, foreign embassies and media stations.

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