In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish’d dove;
In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love….
Love took up the bombs of Death, and smote on all the infidels with might;
Smote them with ricin and hydrochloric acid, that, trembling, pass’d in music out of sight.
Many a morning on the moorland did we hear the corpses ring,
And her whisper throng’d my pulses with the jihad of the Spring.
(Okay, so I’m no Tennyson.)
“‘Couple who met on Muslim dating site SingleMuslim.com plotted bomb attack and shared gruesome ISIS beheading videos,'” by Tristan Kirk, Evening Standard, October 30, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Two terror suspects planned to carry out a bomb attack in the UK after meeting on a Muslim dating site, a court heard today.
Munir Hassan Mohammed, 36, and Rowaida El-Hassan, 33, tried to create an improvised explosive device after bonding over their extremist beliefs on SingleMuslim.com, it is claimed.
Mohammed had been radicalised by an Islamic State commander on Facebook and wanted to carry out a deadly terrorist attack by the time he set up a dating profile in a bid to find a wife, jurors heard.
By the spring of 2016 he was in regular contact with El-Hassan, a qualified pharmacist, who was looking for “a man who fears Allah before anything else”.
The pair shared gruesome videos of IS fighters beheading prisoners and recruiting children on WhatsApp as their online romance blossomed, jurors heard.
El-Hassan, who has a Masters degree in pharmacy from University College London, used her expert knowledge of chemicals to help Mohammed research and stockpile the ingredients needed for a bomb, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor Anne Whyte, QC, said: “Munir Mohammed appears to have met Rowaida El-Hassan, a qualified pharmacist, through a Muslim dating website.
“Their communications with each other demonstrated an emotional attachment and a shared extremist ideology.
“They exchanged materials and views at the time, we say, Mohammed was planning to perform an attack of his own, motivated and inspired by what he had seen and heard on social media.”
She added: “Rowaida El Hassan had a professional knowledge of chemicals because of her professional training and qualifications.
“She assisted Mohammed by providing him with information about chemical components required for bomb making and how to source them and she assisted his online research about the manufacture of ricin using castor beans.
“In doing so she supported him in his engagement with attack planning.”
They are jointly charged with an offence under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – preparation of terrorist acts.’
Counter terror officers found bomb manuals and instructions for ricin and mobile phone detonators when they raided Mohammed’s Derby home on 12 December last year, it is said.
They also discovered 200ml of hydrogen peroxide and 500ml of hydrochloric acid – two of the components needed to make an unstable explosive.
When another team raided El-Hassan’s home in Willesden, northwest London, on the same day they found a 1 litre bottle of drain cleaner which contained Sulphuric acid at 91 per cent purity – another explosive component.
Ms Whyte said: “Both of them possessed material useful to someone wishing to manufacture improvised explosive devices – devices that are designed to injure or kill in an indiscriminate way.
“Both of them had also been in possession of videos which gruesomely and variously depicted the murder, sometimes multiple murder of prisoners in the custody of an organisation, familiar to you as Islamic State.
“These videos were designed to provide ideological justification for such acts of violence.”…