A Birmingham man has admitted planning to carry out a terror attack in the UK while his sister has admitted sending terrorist propaganda videos to her brother.
Ummariyat Mirza, aged 21, and his sister Zainub Mirza, aged 23, pleaded guilty on the first day of a trial at Woolwich Crown Court on 9 October.Ummariyat Mirza’s wife Madihah Taheer, also aged 21 and from St Agathas Road, Birmingham, was found guilty today (26 October) of supporting her husband in his planning, including handing over her bank details so he could buy a knife from a website.
In preparation for a planned attack, Ummariyat Mirza researched terror acts and bought a steel hunting blade and a rubber training knife, which he used to practise on a training dummy.
Former accountant Ummariyat Mirza, from St Agathas Road in Birmingham, also carried out extensive research into potential targets, in the region.
Zainub Mirza, from Eastfield Road, Birmingham, admitted sending her brother a stream of extremist material, including footage of a man holding two severed heads.
Following investigations, Ummariyat Mirza and his sister were arrested by armed officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) on 29 March 2017 when their Ford Fiesta car was stopped in Alum Rock Road, Birmingham during evening rush hour.
Taheer was arrested on 24 April following further enquiries.
Officers searched a number of addresses and seized phones and electronic devices containing a vast amount of social media chats between the three which included supportive mind-set material for Daesh. They also shared and praised numerous extremist propaganda videos, some of which contained graphic images of prisoners being tortured and executed.
During searches, police also recovered a steel hunting knife with a paracord rope attached to it so it could be concealed under clothing and a body armour jacket
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