A UK court has jailed a 19-year-old boy who was caught at Stansted Airport with a guide to Islamic State (IS) warfare to serve three-and-a-half years in prison.
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Essex police recounted how they assisted metropolitan police counter-terrorism operation to pick Finnish national Cubeyda Hassan Jama from Thornton Heath off a flight scheduled for Bucharest on 4 February this year.
Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s counter terrorism command, said: “Jama had a step-by-step guide to fighting for Daesh (IS) and many items which could be used by aspiring terrorists, as listed in the guide.
“He had trawled through reams of terrorist material and there is no doubt in my mind what his intentions were if he had made it to Syria. By working so effectively with Essex Police, we ensured he did not make that journey.”
The team found a map of Turkey and its borders, protective clothing, torches, a solar-powered charger and a first aid kit when they conducted a search on him.
Items such as a USB stick which contained copies of IS propaganda magazine featuring articles that called for readers to travel to join IS and an instructional e-book detailing how to travel to IS territory in Syria.
A file entitled ‘self-sacrifice’ was also saved on the USB stick and spelt out arguments which legitimized suicide bombings.
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The police again uncovered more evidence including a handwritten oath of allegiance to IS.
Jama pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts at the Old Bailey on 24 June.