Mohammed Awan: Suicide bomber's brother who bought ballbearings to commit his own massacre guilty of terror offences

Awan was found guilty of three separate terror charges

Mohammd Awan was studying dentistry and described as a gentle person

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The brother of an Isis suicide bomber who bought a catapult and ballbearings in the hope of committing his own atrocity has been found guilty of terror offences.

Mohammed Awan, a dentistry student from Huddersfield, was found guilty of plotting a terrorist attack and being in possession of terrorist-related material.

Detectives from the North East Counter-terror unit also found he had downloaded info on how to use the ball bearings in an attack.

Awan's brother, Rizwan, blew himself up in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq last year, but Mohamed was described as a gentle man who gave no hint of his own terrorist ambitions.

Despite this, however, Awan downloaded Commander Hamzah Zinjibary’s Training Camp, a graphic instructional video for those wishing to commit terror atrocities, and purchased his own weapons over the internet.

Awan claimed the ball bearings and catapult were purchased to hunt rabbits and other game, but this failed to convince jurors, who convicted him of all three terror charges he faced.

Detective superintendent Simon Atkinson said: "Awan was influenced by the material he had researched online - during searches we seized 11 mobile phones, 16 USB memory sticks and 7 computers. 

"Officers intervened swiftly before Awan could put any plans into practice."