Iraqi teenager convicted over Tube bomb

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Image caption Ahmed Hassan, 18, was discovered guilty on “overwhelming evidence”, the particular judge said

A teenager who demonstrated warning signs to authorities that he can carry out a terrorist attack continues to be found guilty of 2017’s Parsons Eco-friendly Tube bombing.

Ahmed Hassan’s bomb partially cracked on a London Underground train upon 15 September, injuring about fifty people.

A court at the Old Bailey took simply a day to find the 18-year-old, from Surrey, guilty of attempted murder.

The Iraqi teenager have been referred to the government’s deradicalisation program prior to the attack.

Hassan, who arrived in the UK since a child asylum seeker, claimed to migration officials that he had been groomed by Islamic State group and “trained to kill”.

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Image caption Explosive device: Hassan carried it in a grocery store bag on to a mainline teach – and then on to the Underground

The BBC understands that while a local official in the government’s Prevent counter-extremism programme has been brought in to look at his case at the begining of 2016, Hassan did not receive any kind of deradicalisation support for months.

He was eventually known specialists to try to change his attitude – and he had not been given the particular all-clear by the time he carried out the particular attack.

Security minister Ben Wallace stated: “It is clear that there are some classes to be learned in this particular situation.

“The law enforcement and local council have conducted an indoor review into how it was dealt with and we are working with our partners to examine the findings and to identify exactly where further improvements can be made. inch

Surrey Police plus Crime Commissioner David Munro mentioned there were “opportunities missed” in stopping Hassan from carrying out the assault.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World at 1 programme: “As far as Surrey is concerned, it is obvious we were not fast enough – all the organisations involved. inch

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Media caption CCTV of Parson’s Eco-friendly Tube bomb fireball

After the decision, the judge, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, told the court Hassan have been found guilty on “overwhelming evidence” as the teenager sat with his mind bowed and gave no response.

Hassan built their bomb in the home of his create parents in Sunbury, Surrey, whilst they were away. From there, he journeyed on a mainline train to Wimbledon station and then left the device, which usually had a timer, on a westbound Region Line train.

It partially exploded at ’08: 20am after the train arrived at Parsons Green Station, leaving 23 individuals with burn injuries and 28 struggling crush injuries in the aftermath.

Hassan had got from the carriage at the preceding station plus went on the run. He had been caught the following morning at Dover.

Analysis: What went incorrect?

By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani:

When Ahmed Hassan told immigration officers however been groomed by the Islamic Condition group, the information only got to the authorities thanks to the charity Barnardo’s.

An official from Surrey County Council’s Preventing Violent Extremism team designated to the case told his carers to look for warning signs, such as a black banner on his bedroom wall.

A month later, a Avoid panel deemed the teenager’s situation to be so serious that he grew to become one of just 380 people known that year to the Channel deradicalisation scheme.

That leads to months of intensive coaching from a highly-experienced Home Office-approved expert, but not in Hassan’s case.

The Home Office was not asked to provide an approved “intervention provider”. Why remains a secret.

An internal evaluation hasn’t been published but it’s most likely security chiefs will devise a process to more closely monitor exactly how councils carry out this sensitive function.

The Home Workplace has also conceded immigration teams should improve how they communicate with counter-terrorism systems.

The particular bomb, made from 400g of TATP explosive that Hassan had combined himself, was packed with 2kg associated with screwdrivers, knives, nuts and mounting bolts.

Witnesses remembered a loud bang and a fireball rolling across the ceiling of the buggy. One passenger was burnt on the face and limbs and others had been injured as they tried to run away.

During his protection, the former media student told jurors he had only wanted to cause a open fire because he was “bored and stressed”.

But Metropolitan Law enforcement Commander Dean Haydon described Hassan as “devious and cunning” throughout the trial, saying the teenager concealed his plans from Prevent employees in Surrey.

He or she said it was “only through great fortune” that the bomb did not completely explode, adding: “If it acquired, without a doubt we would have been dealing with numerous fatalities. ”

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Image caption Shrapnel: Some of the metal parts recovered through the bomb

The trial heard that Hassan arrived in the UK in a lorry right after having spent time in the migrant camp in Calais known as the Bush and he was referred to Surrey Region Council’s social services – a typical procedure for unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

In his January 2016 immigration interview, the teenager informed officials he had been in contact with the particular IS group and had been “trained to kill”. Care workers in the home where he was initially placed documented these concerns.

A local Prevent officer visited per week later – and the county’s Avoid “Panel” – a team associated with experts who assess what to do along with each reported case of extremism, decided in February that Hassan should receive specialist deradicalisation assistance.

The BBC understands it may not have started prior to the end of July. Hassan’s create parents were not aware of the issues that he harboured extremist views.

Following the verdict, Surrey County Council apologised, saying the work “wasn’t as good as it should possess been” in helping to stop individuals through being drawn to terrorism.

A spokesman from the council furthermore said sorry to his promote parents – describing Hassan’s situation as “difficult” and in “tough circumstances”.