Girl, 17, in 'gun and grenade Isis-linked plot for attack on London'

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A girl aged 17 appeared in court today charged with trying to obtain grenades and a gun to carry out a terror attack in London.

The teenager, who is from the capital, wanted to become a “martyr” and plotted with a fighter in Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, a court heard. 

She is also alleged to have received instructions on how to use weapons and asked for assistance in completing a plan, contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006. Karen Jones, prosecuting, told Westminster magistrates’ court: “[She and the fighter] hatched a plan to conduct an attack in the UK.

“Following his death she communicated with others. She was effectively going to receive ‘pineapples’ — otherwise known as hand grenades — and a firearm to carry out an attack in the UK. She named a desire to become a martyr.” 

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court in a tracksuit and had her hair in a ponytail. She has been charged with making contact with IS to receive weapons, getting instructions on training and how to use the weapons, and plotting the attack with others. 

She was arrested following an investigation by the Met’s counter-terrorism command. The girl, who was 16 at the time of the alleged offences, was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on August 11. 

In April, she was charged with other terror offences. She is due at the Old Bailey on those charges tomorrow. Those allegations relate to self-radicalising, communicating with a person within IS and possessing a flight booking to Turkey with the intention to travel on to Syria. 

The teenager was originally arrested in central London last August. She was remanded in custody after appearing in court in April. Further inquiries have led to the new allegations. 

A woman, 20, was also arrested as part of the original investigation but later released with no further action. She and the girl were arrested at the same address on August 21 last year.

There have been four terror attacks in the UK in recent months, in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park. Last week Met commissioner Cressida Dick said six plots had been foiled in the past four months. She said: “We have large numbers of apparently volatile individuals in the UK, some of whom become determined to die.”

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