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Gang were 'plotting IS-inspired murder spree'

By Emily Pennink

A gang of British extremists plotted to kill soldiers, police officers and even civilians on the streets of London in a series of Islamic State-inspired drive-by shootings on a moped, a court heard.

The young men had got their hands on a gun and ammunition and were discussing buying an untraceable scooter before three of them were arrested in September 2014, jurors heard.

The ringleader, Tarik Hassane, then returned to London from abroad to carry on as a "lone wolf terrorist" without his friends, the Old Bailey heard.

Using Google Streetview he allegedly identified Shepherd's Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City as possible targets before he too was picked up.

Nyall Hamlett (25), Nathan Cuffy (26), Suhaib Majeed (21) and Hassane (22), all from west London, deny conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told their trial that it was no martyrdom mission - they had an escape plan which suggested more than one killing was afoot.

Cuffy, Majeed and Hamlett were arrested in September 2014 before Hassane returned to Britain from Sudan where he was studying medicine and arranging the plot.

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