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Friday, 23 March 2018

A teenager from Sunbury has been jailed for life following a failed attack at Parsons Green station last September




18 year old Ahmed Hassan was told by a judge that he “exploited the people around him” in order to carry out the atrocity.

24 people were injured after Hassan, who came here illegally, planted his device, which failed to detonate properly.

Reporter Ian Woods is at the Old Bailey.



Speaking earlier his foster mother in Sunbury, Penny Jones, said the incident has devastated the family.



Hassan’s been told he must serve a minimum of 34 years behind bars.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, said: "Hassan built a home-made bomb packed full of shrapnel that was designed to kill, maim and injure as many people as he could. It was only through good fortune that it didn't fully detonate. Had it done so, I have little doubt that we would have been dealing with many fatalities.

"The speed at which the Counter Terrorism Command investigation team worked was outstanding and had it not been for the fantastic support given by colleagues from British Transport Police, Transport for London, Kent, Surrey and Port of Dover Police, then this result may not have been possible.

"This result also comes in the same week that the ACT campaign was launched to further encourage the public to report any suspicious activity and behaviour and I would urge anyone who sees or notices anything suspicious to do so without delay."

Chief Superintendent John Conaghan, from British Transport Police, said: "We thoroughly welcome the lengthy sentence that Hassan has been handed by the court today. In September last year, he put Londoners through a frightening ordeal when he left his home-made bomb on a District Line train.

"His appalling attack could have claimed many lives on that busy rush hour train. Thankfully, no one was killed and his imprisonment will prevent him from posing any further threat to the public.

"British Transport Police officers responded quickly to help victims of the attack and we worked closely with Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command in the following hours and days to help identify the attacker. Thanks to excellent work by the UK Counter Terrorism Network, Hassan was quickly identified and arrested.

"Protecting the public from the threat of terrorism remains our number one priority. Now more than ever the public plays a vital role in helping us counter the threat of terrorism. If you ever witness suspicious behaviour, you can confidentially report it by texting us on 61016 or by visiting gov.uk/ACT."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 3:04 pm  

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