ISIS Terrorist Tried to Create ‘Army of Children’ in London

“[H]e secretly groomed children as young as 11 through terrorism role play and exercises.”

An ISIS terrorist, who has been convicted of multiple counts of terrorism offenses, tried to create an ‘army of children’ to carry out attacks in London, British newspapers report.

ISIS fanatic Umar Haque recruited several helpers at an East London mosque and two local schools to groom children as young as 11. During the ‘teaching’ sessions Haque reportedly enacted attacks on police officers and played beheading videos.

“His plan was to create an army of children to assist with multiple terrorist attacks throughout London,” the chief of London Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, Dean Haydon, said. “He tried and he did, we believe, radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14.”

The grooming gang had access to 250 children for a period of five years. This ‘army of children’ was supposed to hit 30 targets across London, the London-based Daily Express revealed.

The UK newspaper Metro reported:

Umar Haque, 25, planned to use guns and a car packed with explosives to strike high-profile targets including Big Ben, the Queen’s Guard and Westfield shopping centre.

Handwritten notes by Haque, who is facing jail for training an ‘army of children’ for terrorist attacks on 30 targets across London, have been revealed. (...)

Dangerous Haque enlisted helpers at the Ripple Road mosque in Barking, east London, where he secretly groomed children as young as 11 through terrorism role play and exercises.

He also played IS propaganda to pupils at the fee-paying independent Muslim school Lantern of Knowledge in Leyton, where he taught Islamic studies and PE between April 2015 and January 2016, a court heard.

Even though he had no teaching qualifications, Haque had access to 250 youngsters at two east London schools and the Ripple Road madrassa over five years and attempted to radicalise 110 of them, police said.

The latest revelations are part of an ongoing Islamist indoctrination underway at mosques and Islamic schools across the UK. The country’s leading education watchdog, Ofsted, has repeatedly warned the government about growing Islamist influence on private and state-run schools.

The problem is not limited to British mosques and schools alone. Last month, the UK Security Minister Ben Wallace admitted that ISIS recruiters were active on British campuses and Islamists had successfully infiltrated student bodies.

The situation outside the educational institutions is equally worrisome. According to a survey conducted by the UK broadcaster Channel 4 in 2016, 23 percent of British Muslims supported the introduction of Sharia Law in the country.

The Muslim population in the UK could to triple in next 30 years, rising from 4 million in 2017 to 13 million by 2050, a recent Pew study suggested. Given this rate of demographic shift, the country is set to face a surge in jihadi activities as well. The Islamist mobilization in schools and campuses is merely a reflection of a wider trend.