A jury at London’s Central Criminal Court on Monday found an 18-year-old woman guilty of plotting terror attack in the city with her sister and mother.
Safaa Boular was also convicted of attempting to travel to Syria to join her lover to fight for Islamic State last year.
The terror plot was hatched by Boular after she was jailed. Using code words, she detailed the plan over phone to her 22-year-old sister Rizlaine Boular.
During Boular’s trial at the Old Bailey, jurors heard how she used a themed tea party called ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to signify a terror attack. Such strange words in the phone talk between the sisters aroused police suspicion.
The mother of the two women, Mina Dich, 44, followed up the terror plan by surveying major London landmarks for the possible strike, and bought knives and a rucksack.
A fourth woman, Khawla Barghouthi, pleaded guilty to concealing information about the terror plot. She will remain in custody along with the other three women.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said hatred towards the West and devotion to Islamist ideology had so much blinded the three women that they were determined to carry out a terrorist attack resulting in possible deaths or injuries to people.
Sue Hemming from the Crown Prosecution Service said the three women pose a danger to the public and will be sentenced for their actions.
Mina, Rizlaine and Khawla will be sentenced at London’s Old Bailey on June 15. Safaa will be sentenced on a date yet to be confirmed.
Britain has formulated a revised counter-terrorism strategy to foil terrorist plans by sharing intelligence about potential extremists between security services and local authorities. It will be first introduced in London, Manchester and the West Midlands.
The announcement came a day after the one-year anniversary of the London Bridge (pictured) and Borough Market terror attacks and months before dozens of convicted extremists will be released from prison.
The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the strategy is to timely intervene in extremist attacks planned by Islamic State supporters and UK-based right wing groups. There is need for intelligence agencies to work more broadly and share that data more locally, Javid said drawing lessons from the last year’s terror attacks.