Man radicalised by online ISIS clips convicted of plotting to attack train line with pressure cooker nail bomb
A MAN radicalised by IS clips of the Syria war plotted to attack a train line with a pressure cooker nail bomb, using a fairy lights detonator.
Zahid Hussain, 29, was convicted of preparing for terror at Birmingham crown court.
Hussain’s trial was told he wrongly believed his non-viable “bomb” – packed with shrapnel – was capable of causing devastation.
The 29-year-old – who was captured on CCTV clambering into a storm drain near a high- speed rail line – was arrested in August 2015 after being seen “patrolling” the streets near his home in Naseby Road, Alum Rock.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court deliberated over two days before convicting Hussain of preparation of terrorist acts.
Alternative counts of making explosives and one of attempting to make explosives were ordered to lie on the court file.
Opening the case against Hussain at the start of a five-week trial, prosecution QC Annabel Darlow said the defendant also attempted to create a remote-control “initiator” for a device by modifying a wireless doorbell.
Miss Darlow told the jury: “It is the Crown’s case that the defendant, in the months leading up to August 9 2015, attempted to build a number of explosive devices.
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"These included a home-made pressure-cooker bomb containing numerous pieces of shrapnel - in other words, a nail bomb ... and a number of improvised igniters which he had made from fairy lights that one might otherwise see on a Christmas tree."
Miss Darlow said the pressure-cooker did not contain the correct ingredients to constitute an explosive device, but the defendant believed he had created a viable bomb.