An Islamic State supporter who called himself “Captain the illiterate” and planned a suicide bomb attack in London has been jailed for seven years.
Mohammed Kamal Hussain, 28, planned to kill "smart people" and shared thousands of images on social media, including speeches by Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Hussain, from east London, was found guilty of two counts of encouraging terrorism and one count of supporting a proscribed organisation.
His activities came to the attention of counter terrorism police after a man reported receiving an email from him.
The court heard how the witness, who lives outside the UK, emailed the Home Office in March 2017 after receiving a private message on Facebook, from someone he did not know, inciting him to join Isis.
The matter was referred to the national Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit - a team of Met Police officers who specialise in identifying and seeking the removal of terrorist material online. Their enquiries established the message was from Hussain.
They identified that Hussain had posted a number of messages on Facebook which glorified the violent activities of Isis.
A fast-track investigation was launched by the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, who arrested Hussain on June 30, 2017.
During the trial, jurors heard that Hussain told one female contact “I’m a simple man… I hate the smart people.
“Inshallah [God willing], I will be smart after I go to Paradise… before I die, wanna punish some kuffar [non believers].”
Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: "This investigation started with one conscientious individual trusting his instincts and reporting something suspicious.
"He could have ignored the message Hussain sent him but instead he took a screenshot of the message and contacted the UK authorities immediately. It is in great part thanks to him that police were able to bring Hussain to justice."