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Teenager remanded over 'terror plot aimed at London'

Published 13/09/2016

Haroon Ali-Syed appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court
Haroon Ali-Syed appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court

A teenager has appeared in court accused of planning to carry out a mass-casualty terror attack in London.

Haroon Ali-Syed, 19, from Hounslow in west London, was arrested on Thursday September 8 on suspicion of a terror offence.

It is alleged that between April 2016 and September 2016, Ali-Syed attempted to obtain weapons online, including an explosive device, with a view to launching an assault on a busy area of the capital.

It is believed that Oxford Street and military bases were among the targets the defendant had allegedly considered as a location for the attack.

Ali-Syed was charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.

During an 11-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday afternoon, Ali-Syed, dressed in grey, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe told the defendant he was to be remanded in custody until a hearing on September 19 at the Old Bailey.

Two other men arrested at the same time have been released on police bail pending further investigation.

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