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London Teenager Found Guilty Of Planning Terror Attack On British Museum

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| June 5 , 2018 , 19:10 IST

Safaa Boular, 18, who was accused of being involved with British-born ISIS terrorist Naweed Hussain, plotting a grenade and gun attack on the British Museum in the Central London and for travelling to Syria with Hussain for terrorism was proclaimed guilty on Monday. She is one of the youngest females to be charged and convicted for the terrorist attack in the UK.

The pair had met online when Boular was around 15 years old and they planned to carry out the suicide attack in Syria, according to the prosecutor in Boular’s trial. Hussain was killed in Syria after which Boular was charged and detained. When she was detained for preparing terrorist acts in April 2017, she passed the plot on to her elder sister, Rizliane Boular, 22.

The prosecutor, Duncan Atkinson, said Boular and Hussain “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.”

The teenager used code words based on Alice in Wonderland to discuss the plot with her sister and mother after which she was stopped from joining her husband in Syria. The 18-year-old lived with her mother in Vauxhall, South London. Boular’s sister and her mother were caught after an intense investigation by MI5 and counter-terrorism police.

“This was, without doubt, a major investigation for the counter-terrorism command working jointly with the security service,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon was quoted by the media.

“Not only because it involved a family with murderous intent, but because it is the first all-female terrorist plot that’s been launched in the UK related to Daesh [Isis],” she added.

A jury deliberated for two days before finding Safaa Boular guilty on Monday. Sentencing will take place in about six weeks. Rizlaine, her mother and their friend will be sentenced on June 15.