Isis supporter appears in court accused of plotting to bomb St Pauls Cathedral

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court accused of a plot to bomb St Pauls Cathedral and a hotel.

A 36-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, from Hayes, west London, faces allegations that she planned to plant bombs at the famous London landmark and a hotel in the capital.

She is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications between August 19 and October 10 this year.

She also made contact with someone who could prepare explosives and went on a reconnaissance trip to the two target sites, it is claimed.

Prosecutors also claim she prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State, also known as Isis or Daesh.

It is alleged that she shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app and other channels.

During a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Shaikh was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on November 1.

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