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Life sentence for bomb plans

Haroon Ali Syed, aged 19, from Hounslow, West London, will serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole.
Haroon Ali Syed, aged 19, from Hounslow, West London, will serve at least 15 years before being eligible for parole. LONDON METROPLITAN POLICE / HAND

A TEEN whose phone password was "ISIS” has been given a life sentence after planning terrorist attacks across London.

Haroon Ali Syed will serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole, having pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism between April and September last year.

The 19-year-old West Londoner admitted trying to get a machine gun, suicide vest and handguns but when he was unable to do so, settled on attempting to source a nail bomb.

The court heard he planned to use the weapon at a crowded area or at an Elton John concert on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Syed unknowingly spoke to a police officer online and in person seeking assistance in sourcing weapons.

He carried out numerous internet searches for Islamic State propaganda, bomb making guides and what appeared to be articles justifying the killing of women and children. - INM

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