Teenager, 19, ‘plotted to carry out mass-casualty nail bomb attack on London landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Oxford Street’
- 19-year-old Haroon Ali-Syed was arrested in west London last week
- He is accused of planning a mass-casualty terror attack on London
- Prosecutors believed he planned to target a crowded landmark
- He has been remanded in custody until another court hearing is held
A teenager has appeared in court accused of planning to carry out a mass-casualty terror attack at London landmarks including Buckingham Palace.
Haroon Ali-Syed, 19, from Hounslow in west London, was arrested last week on suspicion of a terror offence.
It is alleged that between April 2016 and September 2016, Ali-Syed attempted to obtain weapons online, including an explosive device, with a view to launching an assault on a busy area of the capital.
It is believed Oxford Street is among the targets Ali-Syedi is alleged to have planned to hit
It is believed that Oxford Street and military bases were also among the targets the defendant had allegedly considered as a location for the attack.
Ali-Syed was charged with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to that intention.
During an 11-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday afternoon, Ali-Syed, dressed in grey, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe told the defendant he was to be remanded in custody until a hearing on September 19 at the Old Bailey.
Two other men arrested at the same time have been released on police bail pending further investigation.
Ali-Syed appeared during a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates court today