‘Model’ pupil secretly studied ways of wiping out non-Muslims
Britain’s youngest terrorist – a teenager from West Yorkshire – was behind bars today after a guide to death and explosives was found in the schoolboy’s home.
Hammaad Munshi, just 16 and taking GCSEs when arrested, was part of a cell of cyber groomers that set out to brainwash the vulnerable to kill “non-believers”.
For nearly a year the Dewsbury teenager, whose grandfather is a leading Islamic scholar, led a double life.
By day he attended lessons at the local comprehensive and did as he was told.
But in the evening he spent hours surfing jihadist sites and distributing material to others as part of what the Crown branded a “worldwide conspiracy” to “wipe out” non-Muslims.
London’s Blackfriars Crown Court heard it contained detailed instructions about making napalm, other high explosives, detonators, and grenades, and “how to kill”.
He was 15 when recruited by Aabid Khan, 23, a “key player” in radicalising the impressionable and vulnerable here and abroad with his message of “violent jihad”.
Khan wanted to fulfil the teenager’s wish to go abroad and “fight jihad”, and during one internet exchange discussed how the schoolboy might smuggle a sword through airport security.
The Dewsbury-born teenager was detained a day after Khan as he and friends returned from local Westborough High School.
The IT whizz-kid – whose online Arabic profile “fidadee” means a “person ready to sacrifice themselves for a particular cause” – ran a website selling hunting knives and Islamic flags and was the cell’s computer specialist.
Two bags of ball-bearings – the shrapnel of choice for suicide bombers – were found in one of his pockets
On his PC were al Qaida propaganda videos and recordings promoting “murder and destruction”.
The teenager, whose grandfather is Sheikh Yakub Munshi, president of the Islamic Research Institute of Great Britain at the Markazi Mosque, Dewsbury, also stored notes on martyrdom under his bed.
“One who is not taking part in the battle nor has the sheer intention to die is in the branch of hypocrisy,” they read.
“I don’t want to be a person like it has been mentioned about, I don’t want to be deprived of the huge amounts or lessons Allah has prepared for the believers in the hereafter.”
Khan, the schoolboy’s mentor, had links with proscribed terrorist organisations Jaishe-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, and helped radicalise jailed “wannabe suicide bomber” Mohammed Atif Siddique.
Khan was returning from Pakistan – possibly after terror camp training – when detained.
Muhammad was arrested after Khan was stopped at Manchester Airport in June 2006 on his return from Pakistan – sparking a huge terrorist inquiry codenamed Praline.
The ‘routine stop’ led to Khan’s computer being seized and it yielded the largest ‘encyclopaedia’ of articles promoting terrorism found by police.
It included personal information on various members of the Royal Family.
Among them were the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
There was also a guide to killing non-Muslims, and discussions about setting up a secret Islamic state in a remote area of Scotland.
Also found were US and Canadian military training manuals, a Terrorist’s Handbook, a Mujahideen Explosives Handbook, and a Mujahideen Poisons Handbook containing a recipe for ricin and encouragement for ‘brothers’ to experiment on non-believers.
As well as recruiting Munshi to his cause, Khan also groomed another terrorist, the Glasgow-based student Mohammed Atif Siddique for terrorism through email and MSN chats.
‘Wannabe suicide bomber’ Siddique, 21, was jailed for eight years last October after he was caught in possesion of videos on bomb making and weapons use.