ISIS supporter Husnain Rashid, who called for attacks on Jews, is jailed for life

Rashid, from Lancashire, also urged the targeting of public figures, football stadiums and supermarkets


An ISIS supporter who called for jihadists to attack Jews has been jailed for life, with a minimum sentence of 25 years.

Husnain Rashid, from Nelson in Lancashire, admitted a series of terror offences in May, including urging fellow Islamic State supporters to target Prince George.

Before Rashid pleaded guilty, Woolwich Crown Court heard that in the space of 18 months he sent in the region of 300,000 messages and posts on the encrypted communication app, Telegram.

The messages and posts included threats against footballers and fans attending the World Cup in Russia, instructions on how to poison fruit in supermarkets with cyanide, and suggestions on football stadiums to target.

On Friday, Rashid was handed a life sentence for each of three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.

He also admitted one count of encouraging terrorism and was sentenced to four and half years’ imprisonment, to run concurrently.

A Community Security Trust spokesperson said: "Using the pseudonym Lone Mujahid, he posted thousands of online messages, including calls for the kidnap of Prince George and attacks against the Jewish community.

"CST worked with police throughout the case and thanks all concerned for their commitment in the continuing fight against terrorism and extremism."

Chief Superintendent Will Chatterton, from the North West counter terrorism policing unit, said: “Rashid had spent the past 18 months locked away in a bedroom of his parents’ house where he had made links with known ISIS members and spent hours making online posters and propaganda encouraging would-be terrorists to carry out the most gruesome attacks.

“He is a prolific and dangerous individual. We believe that Rashid was days away from travelling to Syria and are in no doubt that he would have continued to encourage others and promote his ideology.

“Today the world is just that little bit safer.”

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