The ISIL plotter who groomed a children’s army

By Paul Peachey, The National

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A school administrator was convicted on Friday of trying recruit a 300-strong children’s army to carry out terrorist attacks on the UK parliament, embassies and dozens of high-profile targets in London.

Umar Haque, 25, showed beheading videos during Islamic studies classes he ran at a mosque and a £3,000-a-year private school and persuaded children as young as 11 to take part in role-playing exercises simulating murderous attacks on police officers.

Reports at the weekend suggested that the government was set to crack down on out-of-hours tuition centres because of fears of radicalisation. “More needs to be done to ensure that these weak spots are addressed if we are going to avoid a generation of children being warped by this gruesome ideology,” said Emma Webb, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society thinktank.

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