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Would-be terrorist encouraged attacks on Prince George, suggested 'poisoning ice creams'

Would-be terrorist encouraged attacks on Prince George, suggested 'poisoning ice creams'

His Telegram channel was called the "Lone Mujahid", and he posted instructions on how to make poison and bombs.

Husnain Rashid brought his trial in a United Kingdom court to a dramatic halt after he changed his plea to guilty.

He used Telegram chat app to call on supporters to attack the four-year-old prince, who had started at Thomas's Battersea a month earlier.

He also posted suggestions of which British football stadiums terrorists could strike following a deadly attack outside Besiktas's ground in Turkey, his trial heard.

Prosecutors said Rashid was encouraging terrorism by posting a photograph of the prince at his school super-imposed with silhouettes of two masked jihadist fighters in an encrypted forum he set up.

Husnain Rashid, 32, from Nelson, Lancashire, changed his plea after one day of his trial at Woolwich crown court.

Husnain Rashid has pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses relating to Britain's Prince George.

Judge Andrew Lees then put two further charges on hold.

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The jury were absent when prosecutor Annabel Darlow asked that Rashid be re-indicted on four of the counts.

He will be sentenced on June 28.

The rest of the royal family was also on a "hitlist" in a "book of terror" Rashid shared online with followers, who called him Rapunzel.

He also gave the full address of the young prince's school in southwest London, which the boy began attending last September, and wrote: "even the royal family will not be left alone". A propaganda magazine he produced under the same name suggested attacks on the World Cup in Russian Federation this year. He suggested a variety of methods, such as injecting cyanide into fruit and veggies at grocery stores and poisoning ice cream.

"It is inevitable that you will receive a very lengthy prison sentence and there will be a consideration of a life prison sentence".

He also plotted to bring down an aircraft with lasers with a British terrorist in Syria, the court heard.

Rashid was arrested at his home in November, and "hurled" a phone containing a "treasure trove" into an alleyway when authorities moved in, according to the BBC.

Rashid was said to have urged people to "fight and spill the blood to the apes in your land", adding: "Start planning, start scouting targets, start monitoring entry/exit routes, start preparing tools and weapons/explosive".


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