Teenager who planned an attack in London with the first Islamic State cell of women only

Teenager who planned an attack in London with the first Islamic State cell of women only


Safaa Boular wanted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.

She fell in love with a member of the Islamic State (IS) and that’s where his plan began.

Safaa Boular, an 18-year-old from London, this week became the youngest woman in the UK to be convicted.

A court in London considered Boular guilty of plotting an attack with weapons and grenades in the British Museum in London, one of the most touristic points of the city.

I thought about doing it in front of the first EI cell in the United Kingdom, made up only of women.

In all, the young woman was found guilty of two crimes in preparation for terrorist acts , in addition to a previous attempt to travel to Syria on grounds of terrorism when she was 16 years old.

Court drawing of Safaa Boular at the Old Bailey
Copyright of the JULIA QUENZLER image
Image caption Boular told the judges that he had left religion behind in his period of custody and that he now wore western clothes.

Boular had been accused of trying to travel to Syria to join IS militants and later prepare an attack in London, after her fiancé, an extremist of the Islamic group, died.

During the court hearing, the young woman denied the accusations.

Radicalization via Instagram

The court could see how Boular was radicalized.

It all started when I was only 16 , just after the attacks in Paris in 2015.

Then, Boular met through Instagram an IS fighter, Naweed Hussain. And after months talking in that way, he declared his love in a wedding ceremony on the Internet.

According to evidence gathered by the court, the young woman wanted to meet with Hussain in Syria, but the British security services truncated her plans when she was temporarily detained at the airport after a family trip to Morocco and confiscated her passport.

Boular spoke to the police of Hussain and the authorities launched an operation of several undercover agents who posed as extremists and began talking to the couple on the Internet.

On April 4, 2017, he was an agent of the security services, posing as a commander of EI, who told Boular that Hussain had been killed in a drone attack.

Naweed Hussain
Image caption Boular wanted to travel to Syria and marry Naweed Hussain (pictured), who was born in the United States.

The prosecution argued that Boular’s death only strengthened the young woman’s intention to carry out an attack in the United Kingdom.

Boular told the agents that they were posing as extremists about their plans and on April 12 she was accused of preparing terrorist acts in Syria.

After being accused, the young woman passed her objectives to her sister Rizlaine, 22 years old, and her mother, Mina Dich, 44.

The sisters and the mother talked about those alleged attacks in code: using the story of Alice in Wonderland.

Although he was in custody, Boular continued talking with his sister and his mother about a “tea party with the theme of Alice in Wonderland.”

Mina Dich and her daughter Rizlaine Boular
Image caption Mina Dich (left) and her daughter Rizlaine Boular pleaded guilty to terrorist acts.

Rizlaine and Dich explored some of Westminster’s most iconic points and later bought knives, as proved during the trial.

They were arrested a day later, on April 27, the date of the alleged attack , along with a friend, Khawla Barghouthi.

During the trial, the sister admitted he was preparing an attack with knife s in town and his mother pleaded guilty to helping her .

The sentence against the sister and the mother will be known on June 15 and that of Boular in about six weeks , since no exact date of the announcement was specified.

“The three women were full of hatred and toxic ideology , and were determined to carry out a terrorist attack,” said the head of the British Police Anti-Terrorist Command, Dean Haydon.

“If they had succeeded, they would have caused the murder of people or seriously injured . 

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