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Delivery Driver Found Guilty of Planning Terror Attacks on US Troops at UK Airbase

A delivery driver from Luton, England has been found guilty of preparing to carry out terror attacks on U.S. troops at Royal Air Force bases in Suffolk, UK.

A delivery driver from Luton, England has been found guilty of preparing to carry out terror attacks on U.S. troops at a Royal Air Force base in Suffolk, UK.

Islamic State supporter Junead Khan, 25, was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts at Kingston Crown Court in London on Friday, after a six-week trial.

At his trial, prosecutors said he used his job with a pharmaceutical company as a cover to “scout out” air force bases, including U.S. Air Force’s RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.

Police said he planned to stage a car crash, attack U.S. military troops with a knife and then commit suicide by blowing himself up.

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After Khan was arrested in July, police found pictures on his phone of him posing with an Islamic State-style black flag which they later found in the attic.

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His computer was also found to contain an al-Qaida bomb manual and Amazon searches for a large combat knife.

He also exchanged online messages with an Islamic State fighter in Syria calling himself Abu Hussain; describing attacking military personnel after faking a road traffic accident.

Junead Khan's uncle, Shazib Khan - UK Met Police
Junead Khan’s uncle, Shazib Khan – UK Met Police

Khan was also convicted of preparing to go to Syria to join Islamic State. His 23-year-old uncle, Shazib Khan, was convicted of the same offense.

“He posed a real risk to public safety,” Commander Dean Haydon, of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said.

“He’d undertaken research and planning to make a pressure cooker bomb,” he added.

Some of the evidence used to convict Khan and his uncle cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

(Image: AP)

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