Mohiussunnath Choudhury was on his way to Queen Elizabeth II’s residence, but he ended up at a pub due to his car’s GPS error and then decided to drive on to the monarch’s London residence instead.
London : A 26-year-old Bangladeshi origin man arrested for allegedly planning to carry out a terror attack with a Samurai sword near Buckingham Palace earlier this month was originally on his way to Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s royal residence, some 20 miles away from London.
However, Mohiussunnath Choudhury, a self-employed Uber driver, ended up at a pub due to his car’s GPS error and then decided to drive on to the monarch’s London residence instead, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday.
“Officers approached the vehicle and spoke with the male driver and as they did so the male took hold of a large sword from inside the vehicle and whilst still in the vehicle shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ [God is greatest] several times,” prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court.
Choudhury, from Luton in the east of England, has been charged with engaging in the preparation to commit an act or acts of terrorism on August 25 and has been remanded in custody to appear before the Old Bailey court in London on September 21.
He is also accused of injuring three police officers in the course of the attack as they approached his Toyota Prius car, used by the self-employed Uber driver.
According to details emerging of Choudhury’s life in the UK, he attended St. Lawrence Primary School and Uxbridge High School in west London where he was said to be well liked.
A school friend told ‘The Times’: “He was really nice to everyone and he was everyone’s friend. At school he hung around with all the other brainy kids, I think he was quite intelligent. He always got on with everyone.
“His family were quite nice – there was his mum and his dad and him and his sister.”
Scotland Yard’s Counter-Terrorism Command had earlier revealed details of the attack, which took place on August 25 night when a man stopped his blue Toyota Prius car in a restricted area near a police vehicle on the Mall roundabout near Spur Road.
Officers at the Mall spotted a large bladed weapon in his vehicle and went to arrest him. During the course of detaining the man, three male police officers suffered minor injuries to their arm. Two of the injured officers were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged. Choudhury, who spoke in court only to confirm his name, was also taken to a London hospital for treatment of minor injuries.