Dramatic footage shows police arresting man who considered suicide bomb attack in the UK

Helena Horton

The Metropolitan Police has released dramatic footage showing the arrest of a 22-year-old man from Luton, who has been found guilty of terrorism offences after planning to fight with Isil in Syria.

He considered a suicide bomb attack in the UK before he was arrested by police in his home.

Mubashir Jamil was convicted yesterday of being engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to the intention to commit acts of terrorism.

The Old Bailey heard that between November 2015 and April 2016, Jamil sent numerous online messages to people he believed could help him in his endeavours, including a covert police officer.

He spoke to the police officer about how he wanted to travel to Syria to fight for Isil and that he had begun a fitness programme to get ready for his journey.

Mubashir Jamil Credit: Metropolitan Police

Jamil also planned alternative actions, including a suicide bomb attack in the UK, saying he wanted to see attacks similar to those in Belgium and Paris.

He wrote in a message:  "I am saying if you guys can send me someone quickly, and he fits a explosive [sic] belt on me and tells me how to press, I can go find good targets on the same day and press it."

Jamil abandoned this plan and decided to travel to Syria instead.

On Saturday, 9 April he booked a ticket to fly to Turkey on Saturday, 30 April. 

Before he could make the journey, he was arrested by police officers on the 27th April.

Police found among his belongings pro-Isil documents including "How to survive in the West - A mujahid guide" and "The Islamic State 2015", as well as a copy of his flight tickets.

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "Mubashir Jamil, seemingly inspired by the terrorist atrocities in Belgium and France, was determined to support Daesh by fighting for them in Syria or taking lives here in the UK. Ultimately, he decided to go to Syria and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command gathered solid evidence of Jamil's plans before arresting him ahead of his flight date.

"Counter terrorism teams across the UK are carrying out hundreds of investigations but we need communities to work with us to fight terrorism. I urge them to do this by being vigilant and reporting anything suspicious, including if they think someone they know is being radicalised."

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