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Plotted IS attack in London, confesses UK Muslim convert


London : A British Muslim convert has pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack on targets in London, including the city’s shopping hub of Oxford Street and Madame Tussauds wax museum.

Lewis Ludlow admitted to swearing allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS) terror group and preparing to drive a van through major targets in the British capital at the Old Bailey court in London.

“At its highest it is a plot to cause mass fatalities using a vehicle in Oxford Street, targeting the Disney store among other places, at its busiest time,” Prosecutor Mark Dawson told the court.

Using a false name, the 26-year-old bought a mobile phone and wrote down his plans to carry out an attack in notes later found by counter-terrorism officers torn up in pieces in a bin. He picked out Oxford Street as an “ideal target” and wrote: “It is expected nearly 100 could be killed in the attack.” Ludlow, a postal worker with Royal Mail from Kent near London, planned an attack after being stopped by police at Heathrow Airport in February as he tried to board a flight to the Philippines.

IS jihadists kill 5 of family in Iraq

Tikrit: Islamic State jihadists killed five members of the same family at a checkpoint on the edge of their village north of Baghdad early on Saturday, police said.

“A group of Daesh (IS) fighters came from the Hamrin mountains, crossed the Tigris river after midnight and attacked the checkpoint at the entrance to the village of Albu Juwari, north of Baiji,” they said, adding five members of the family were killed and a sixth was critical.

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