Terror accused plotted lone UK army barracks drone attack

An Islamic State supporter plotted to attack an Army barracks with a modified drone, a court has heard.

Hisham Muhammad, 25, wanted to use the remote-controlled aerial vehicle to drop a projectile or harmful device, the Old Bailey was told.

When police raided his house in Bury, Greater Manchester, they found diagrams and materials for the homemade drone attachment, jurors heard.

Mr Muhammad denies engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

Prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said Mr Muhammad had steeped himself in barbarous Islamic State propaganda

A number of knives were among the suspicious items found in Hisham Muhammads house
Prosecutors allege he planned to launched a lone wolf attack on Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, which he visited before his arrest last June.

The court heard he planned to attack a military or police target in a drone and knife attack.

Mr Muhammad’s home in Victoria Street, Whitefield, was raided by police after landlord Onkar Singh came across several “suspicious” items including knives, a soldering iron and a tub of wires.

Officers found a stash of weapons, including a tomahawk, a machete and bear-claws, jurors heard.

They also found red lollipop sticks attached to an electrical component with black tape and various wires, described in court as a prototype of the drone attachment.

Police also seized two Japanese ninja eggs – shells containing crushed chilli seeds and shards of glass.

Hisham Muhammad allegedly wanted to target Castle Armoury Barracks in Bury, Greater Manchester
Mr Muhammad, who is originally from Bermuda and moved to Britain in 2013, had allegedly researched other Army and police bases.

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