Online dating couple jailed in UK for Daesh-inspired bomb plot

This undated handout photo issued by Counter Terrorism Policing North East shows Sudanese asylum seeker Munir Mohammed.(AP)
Updated 22 February 2018
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Online dating couple jailed in UK for Daesh-inspired bomb plot

LONDON: A man and woman who met on a Muslim dating website were handed prison sentences Thursday for plotting a Daesh-inspired bomb attack in Britain.
Prosecutors say Munir Mohammed, an asylum-seeker from Sudan, and London pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan met on SingleMuslim.com and bonded over their shared extremist views, exchanging videos of beheadings and other extremist material.
Prosecutors said Mohammed volunteered to carry out an attack during Facebook exchanges with a man he believed to be a Daesh commander.
He was arrested in December 2016, and police found bomb-making instructions and two of the three components for the explosive TATP at his home.
Last month, a jury at London’s Central Criminal Court found the couple guilty of preparing terrorist acts.
Judge Michael Topolski sentenced 37-year-old Mohammed Thursday to life with no chance of parole for 14 years. El-Hassan, 32, was jailed for 12 years, plus five years on probation.
The judge said Mohammed had decided to make an explosive device — either “an ordinary bomb” or one containing the poison ricin. He said Mohammed drew in El-Hassan until she “became an enthusiastic and encouraging partner.”


Pakistan’s former dictator Musharraf resigns from his party

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Pakistan’s former dictator Musharraf resigns from his party

  • Earlier this week, Pakistan’s elections oversight body rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a chance to run for a seat in parliament.
  • Musharraf seized power in 1999 by ousting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former military ruler and dictator Pervez Musharraf has resigned from his political party, an indication he has no immediate plans to return home or support his party’s bid in the upcoming July elections.
Earlier this week, Pakistan’s elections oversight body rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a chance to run for a seat in parliament. In his absence, the small All Pakistan Muslim League party has had Mohammad Amjad as acting president.
Musharraf seized power in 1999 by ousting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. In 2008, he was forced to quit after the party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto came into power.
He was declared a fugitive in 2013 and since then has been living in self-exile in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to avoid arrest on criminal charges.