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Palace terror attack accused hates Queen, court told

By Emily Pennink

An Islamic State-inspired Uber driver attacked police with a samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace because he hated the Queen, a court has heard.

Officers bravely wrestled a 42-inch long blade from the hands of Mohiussunnath Chowdhury (27) after he crashed his car outside the palace, jurors were told.

They feared for their lives during the "surreal" confrontation with Chowdhury, who shouted repeatedly "Allahu Akbar" (God is the greatest), the Old Bailey heard.

Jurors were told how the accused had left his sister a suicide note expressing his hatred for the Queen before setting out in his Toyota Prius on August 25 last year.

He allegedly wrote: "The Queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire, they go to war with Muslims around the world and kill them without any mercy. They are the enemies that Allah tells us to fight."

He bought a knife sharpener in Sainsbury's and initially headed to Windsor Castle, but ended up outside the Windsor Castle pub due to a "SatNav error", jurors were told.

He then drove past the Coldstream Guards' barracks in Windsor and on to Buckingham Palace, where he attracted the attention of a passing police van by ploughing into traffic cones.

When Acting Sergeant Gavin Hutt approached the car, Chowdhury allegedly told him: "It's all a bit f***** up."

Mr Hutt told jurors he wrestled with Chowdhury when the defendant reached for the handle of a blade and shouted "Allahu Akbar". The accused "was not complying" and "seemed very determined to get the weapon out and do whatever he was going to do", he said.

The officer told jurors: "I started punching him in the face, just trying to pull his arm away as well. My instinct was to try and render him unconscious."

His colleague PC Ian Midgley grabbed the sword and was punched in the head, the court heard. Chowdhury was sprayed with CS gas, dragged out of the car and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the court heard.

Mr Hutt said: "I feared for my own life, my colleagues and members of the public."

Both officers suffered cuts to their hands in the struggle.

Chowdhury, of Kirkwood Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, denies preparing acts of terrorism, claiming he only wanted to get killed.

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