A jihadist who planned a knife attack with a lone wolf has been jailed for life after a judge said he should have turned his back on extremism when two of his brothers were killed fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.
Aspiring rapper Sahayb Abu bought an 18-inch sword, knife and combat gear as he prepared to strike last summer.
The 27-year-old, who is the fifth member of his family to be linked to extremism, also used a rap song to brag about wanting to behead British soldiers.
Abu’s half-brothers, Wail and Suleyman Aweys, were killed in Syria after leaving the UK to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS).
Her half-sister, Asma Aweys, 32, was jailed in January 2019, alongside her partner Abdulaziz Abu Munye, 29, and half-brother Ahmed Aweys, 34, after calling Ariana Grande a “devil. “following the attack on Manchester Arena. in a WhatsApp family chat.
Asma was jailed for 19 months for collecting terrorist information, while her partner was given 15 months for dissemination. Ahmed was jailed for 25 months for also disseminating terrorist material.
Last month an Old Bailey jury found Abu guilty of preparing to commit terrorist acts and on Tuesday he was jailed for life and said he should spend at least 19 years behind bars.