Mar. 5, 2018
Pro-ISIS Teacher Tried to Recruit Children for Attacks in London – Michael Holden (Reuters)
A British supporter of Islamic State was found guilty on Friday of trying to recruit children he was teaching into an “army” of jihadists to help carry out a wave of attacks across London.
Umar Haque, 25, showed the children beheading videos and other violent militant propaganda, and made them role-play attacking police officers.
Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, said, “He tried and he did, we believe, radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14.”
Haque used the guise of teaching Islamic studies to groom 110 children into becoming militants at the Lantern of Knowledge, an Islamic school in east London.
Haydon told the children he was part of ISIS and threatened that they would suffer the same fate as those in the militant videos he showed them if they told their parents or teachers.