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Chilling picture of Prince George ISIS terror plotter used to encourage attacks on royal

Chilling picture of Prince George ISIS terror plotter used to encourage attacks on royal
01 Jun
12:05

THIS is the chilling picture a wannabe jihadi used to urge his followers to attack Prince George at his school.

Husnain Rashid, 32, also encouraged bombings at football matches through messaging site Telegram and was accused of asking followers to inject ice cream with poison, The Sun reports.

An image circulated by alleged IS terrorist Husnain Rashid to encourage jihadis to attack Prince George at school.
Camera IconAn image circulated by alleged IS terrorist Husnain Rashid to encourage jihadis to attack Prince George at school.Picture: Supplied

The third in line to the throne can be seen smiling at the camera alongside a silhouette of a jihadi fighter with the message: “Even the royal family will not be left alone” in the haunting photo.

The teacher at a British mosque also included the address of the four-year-old’s school, St Thomas’s Battersea in South West London.

He was on trial at Woolwich Crown Court but today dramatically changed his plea and admitted three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one of encouraging terrorism.

Rashid was also accused of urging followers to inject poison into supermarket ice cream in publication Knights of the Lone Jihad but two counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication will lie on file.

Prince George arriving for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London, where an alleged terrorist urged others to target him.
Camera IconPrince George arriving for his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, southwest London, where an alleged terrorist urged others to target him.Picture: AFP

A further count of failing to comply with a notice under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act will also lay on file.

The court heard Rashid ran a “prolific” Telegram channel named the Lone Mujahid where he provided an “e-toolkit for terrorism”.

Rashid discussed attacking football stadiums in the UK by detonating bombs the day after 38 people were killed in bomb blasts at Besiktas stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on December 10, 2016.

A court artist sketch file photo showing Husnain Rashid during his trial on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Camera IconA court artist sketch file photo showing Husnain Rashid during his trial on Thursday, May 31, 2018.Picture: AP, Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP

The terror suspect also communicated with Brit ISIS terrorist Omar Ali Hussain, who fled his home in High Wycombe, Bucks, to travel to Syria.

Jurors previously heard he advised him on how to make successful attacks including bringing down aircraft with lasers.

Rashid, who worked at the Mohamadi Mosque in Nelson, Lancs encouraged attacks on the Halloween Parade in New York and railway stations in Australia.

He also urged others to “fight and spill the blood to the apes in your land” and called for followers to “start preparing tools and weapons/explosives”.

Thomas's Battersea school in Battersea, England, where Prince George goes to school.
Camera IconThomas’s Battersea school in Battersea, England, where Prince George goes to school.Picture: Getty Images, Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Rashid then posted a photograph of the Burmese ambassador to the UK, saying: “You know what to do.”

Earlier in the case Annabel Darlow, prosecuting, said: “His proposals were indiscriminate.

“They made no distinction between adult and child, between civilians and members of the fighting forces, his suggestions including injecting poison in ice creams stocked in supermarkets, freezers and targeting Prince George as he attended his first school.”

The terror plotter sent 290,000 messages on encrypted chat groups before he was arrested at his home last November.

He had chucked a mobile phone into an alleyway, which police later described as a “treasure trove” of evidence.

Judge Andrew Lees told him: “For the past week I have listened to the most disturbing allegations.

“You have admitted these allegations of encouraging others to commit terrorist activities and publishing statements to encourage the killing of others.

“It is undoubtable that you will receive a lengthy prison sentence and the question of your future dangerousness and the protection of the public is a matter that I will have to give very careful consideration.”

He will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on June 28.

This article appeared on the The Sun and has been republished with permission.

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