A mother who converted to Islam was imprisoned for life after trying to take revenge on unbelievers by attacking St. Paul & # 39; s Cathedral and a hotel in central London during Easter celebrations.
Safiyya Shaikh, 36, of Hayes, West London, wore a black hijab, smiled, and raised her index finger in a greeting that was associated with ISIS when she was brought to the cells.
Shaikh ran a chat room for martyrs and was planning to become Britain's first suicide bomber.
She was addicted to heroin, but said she always wanted to "do something great" and killing an unbeliever was "not enough for me".
After firing the two bombs, she wanted to blow herself up on the London Underground.
Safiyya Shaikh, 36, mother of a child from Hayes, West London, wanted to attack St. Paul & # 39; s Cathedral and a central London hotel during the Easter celebrations
Shaikh said to an undercover officer, "This is really what I want, but I would like to kill a lot of brother. Until I'm killed. I really want that. Bi & # 39; idnillah (if God allows).
"I'm ready for Jannah (paradise), but I want to do great things insha & # 39; Allah (God willing)."
Shaikh shared pictures of Charles and Diana's wedding at St. Pauls and wrote, “If I had a choice, I would blow up the church. With kuffar in there, ”he added a laughing emoji.
“I want to start planning. I'm serious, ”she added. "It's not just words akhi (brother), I want action and revenge deep out of my heart."
Shaikh was inspired by the Sri Lankan bombings last Easter that killed 259 people last year and wanted to go on strike when the cathedral was full.
Alison Morgan QC, prosecutor, described her as a "violent extremist" who pledged to support ISIS in a written oath on pink stationery.
Shaikh "gave the impression that she was actually desperate to launch an attack," said Ms. Morgan.
The judge, Justice Sweeney, detained her for at least 14 years, saying that she had tried to encourage attacks by individual wolves and was "determined to carry out her own terrorist acts in this country."
Shaikh during a police interview talking about the detonation of a bomb. It was inspired by the Sri Lankan bombings on Easter Day last year that killed 259 people
Shaikh in a still from a video of her police interview saying that she was planning to blow herself up in a Sri Lankan-style terrorist attack on St. Paul's Cathedral
"I was wondering if life is needed, and I think it goes without saying, not least because it is impossible to predict whether you will be safe at the end of a certain sentence," he added.
The judge detained her for another eight years while at the same time running the chat room.
Jenny Hopkins, head of the Counter-Terrorism Department of the Crown Prosecutor's Office (CPS), said: “Safiyya Shaikh has chosen to live her life as a violent extremist with a murderous hatred of those who did not share her twisted version of Islam.
She hoped to inspire others by sharing terrorist images on social media, but she wanted to go much further.
"The damned evidence the CPS presented for its planned suicide mission at St. Paul's Cathedral left her no room to talk herself out of the charges."
Shaikh, a heroin addict born Michelle Ramsden, was radicalized after following extremist preachers on Facebook.
She had had her daughter taken care of by social services and told an undercover official that she would start a suicide bombing so Allah could forgive me for everything.
After she was arrested, Shaikh claimed that she had cold feet and tried to withdraw from the plan, but in a recorded phone call from prison, she said to a friend, "I would go through this, it was not me. I got cold feet." and had no doubt.
“The reason I didn't show up that day was because I was on drugs. I would have made another appointment with them, I would have met them. I just didn't wake up in time that day and that's the truth. & # 39;
Video surveillance by Shaikh in the lobby of the Great St. Helen's Hotel near the Gherkin office building in the City of London on September 7, the night before her investigation
When she was first arrested, the police could not interview Shaikh because she was in a heroin comedown. This was communicated to a court hearing.
After converting to Islam, at the age of 24, she started following preachers connected to Anjem Choudary on Youtube and started watching bloody beheading videos online.
In a message she said to an undercover officer: "Although it was difficult at first to watch the beheading video, I watched it more and more and now I love it and would take the head off a kuffar (unbeliever), lol (laughs out loud) ).
On August 18 last year, Shaikh was stopped at Luton Airport on her way to the Netherlands under Annex 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Her ticket had been bought by Yousra Lemouesset, the wife of a so-called ISIS martyr who returned to the Netherlands from Syria after the death of her husband.
Pictured: Shaikhs & # 39; girly & # 39; Backpack that should be filled with explosives before your attack
Shaikh's phone was examined and her passport was confiscated. She was released but was not allowed to travel.
Two days later, an undercover role-playing officer known as "H" started chatting with her about Threema, an encrypted anonymous messaging app.
Shaikh said to him, "I'm trying to inspire others to fight Insha & Allah (God willing), but I've been falling lately, it's not enough.
I want to take revenge on Allah our Prophet. I hate the kuffar (unbelievers) for what they do and I fell. I cannot live comfortably in this dunya (earthly life) while our ummah (Muslim nation) is suffering. & # 39;
Shaikh believed the man could get explosives for her online and told him that she would conduct a reconnaissance mission around St. Paul's Cathedral.
She said she didn't have her own "Kafir clothes" and had to "take something from my daughter".
"In the event that the police ever stopped me, what story do I tell them? I wanted to say I go to this church because my grandmother loved it, ”she added.
On September 7th last year, Shaikh booked the Great St Helen Hotel near the & # 39; Gerkhin & # 39; in the City of London for £ 200 a night and visited the cathedral the next day, noting the number of American and Chinese tourists.
She accepted a mission for Matins, noted the exit routes, and sent pictures to the officials suggesting that a bomb should be placed under the dome to tear down the entire building.
The next day, she sent a picture of herself wearing a red niqab and black headband with Arabic script, holding ISIS's one-finger salute.
She wrote: "I got it the other day. I love it. Always wanted to be a warrior, soldier of Allah. I just don't want to waste a second. When I die, I want to do everything I can to the end. & # 39;
The undercover officer arranged that Shaikh should meet his "wife", known as Azra, at Fassnidge Park in Uxbridge, to equip them for a suicide vest and hand over a pink Nike travel bag and a so-called "girls backpack" filled with explosives.
When interviewed by the police, Shaikh admitted that she wanted to carry out a suicide bombing like the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka to gain access to heaven.
When asked what she was up to, she said: “If I had the backpack, you would of course know what happened in Sri Lanka. I wanted to do the same thing – blow everything up. & # 39;
She said she wanted to die in the attack and added, “I thought that was my way to heaven. I thought that was my way to forgiveness. & # 39;
Shaikh pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism and distributing terrorist publications, but claimed that she had not implemented the plan.
Commander Richard Smith, head of counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard, said: “Safiyya Shaikh was clearly dangerous. She spread heinous instructions for mass murder around the world and also planned her own terrible attack on British soil.
"I am pleased to say that we were able to identify her plans, assess her intentions, and then provide the evidence of her crime that led to the confession of guilt."
A text that Shaikh sent to an undercover officer about her intentions to bomb St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
At the same time she was planning the attack, Shaikh ran a "channel" for the encrypted telegram application called GreenB1rds.
The broadcaster distributed extremist propaganda to support ISIS and educational material that encouraged others to attack "lone wolves".
It contained posters that threatened attacks on Tower Bridge – incorrectly referred to as "London Bridge" – and Big Ben, which read: "Know, O Crusader, that Allah wills, you will soon be persecuted in your home country."
Ms. Morgan said Shaikh "personally created some of the images and videos and hired others with the skills necessary to create the material that then circulated them."
The channels were operated with a high level of secrecy and technical application, with the content saved in backups and the channels recreated under various details when Telegram shut them down.
Shaikh kept a "forbidden list" of those suspected of being spies, and even created a false person of himself as a man.
Two weeks before her arrest, Shaikh boasted that she was now operating with her own six "brothers" channels, but added, "Alhamdullilah, it is good and it is an honor to be asked."
Others included channels called Lone Wolves and Jannah is my goal.
Shaikh had 15 "admins" to help run the GreenB1rds channel, seven of which were "totally engaged," she said.
"They will continue my work after they have gone to Allah (God willing)," Shaikh told the undercover officer.
After her arrest, Shaikh told a probation officer that she "felt happier than ever when she ran the chat room."
Speaking of having meaning and no longer feeling empty, she said that any doubt that the attack was being carried out was largely due to the fact that her daughter had returned to her care unexpectedly.
Since her arrest and after she had time to think about what she had done, sh
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