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Pair accused of terror plot

Junead Khan (left) and his uncle Shazib Khan ANL-160217-125144001
Junead Khan (left) and his uncle Shazib Khan ANL-160217-125144001

An alleged Islamic extremist talked about carrying out a terror attack on US service people after his work as a delivery driver took him close to RAF Mildenhall and Lakenheath, a court has heard.

The trial heard that Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, used an encrypted messaging app called SureSpot to talk with a man calling himself Abu Hussain, who the prosecution allege was Junaid Hussain, a Briton in Syria.

A GPS map said to show the route Junead Khan's delivery van took through East Anglia ANL-160217-125112001
A GPS map said to show the route Junead Khan's delivery van took through East Anglia ANL-160217-125112001

The jury at Kingston Crown Court was read messages from July 5 2015 between Hussain and Khan.

Khan told Hussain: “When I saw these us (sic) soldiers on road it looked simple but I had nothing on me or wouldve (sic) got into an accident with them and made them get out the car.”

Hussain replied: “That’s what the brother done with Lee Rigby.”

He also said he would send Junead Khan a manual for making a ‘pressure cooker bomb’, adding: “It’s best to have at least pipe bombs or pressure cooker bomb in a backpack in case something happens.”

Prosecutor Max Hill QC told the court: “This is an individual (Khan) who is a delivery driver who is going to the perimeter fences, on occasion, of US bases in this country.

“What does that mean? It’s perfectly clear from the response...‘That’s what the brother done with Lee Rigby’.”

Khan’s work as an agency driver for a pharmaceutical firm legitimately took him to East Anglia in May and June 2015, the court heard.

The prosecution allege he drove close to USAF bases at Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Feltwell, Alconbury and Molesworth.

Junead Khan is charged alone with making preparations for attacking military personnel in the UK between May 10 and July 14 2015, which he denies.

He is on trial with his uncle, Shazib Khan, 23, also from Luton, with whom he is jointly charged with making preparations for travelling to Syria to fight for so called Islamic State. The pair deny engaging in preparation of terrorist acts between August 1 2014 and July 15 2015.

The prosecution claim that Junead planned to travel to Syria with his uncle but altered his plan to focus on an attack in the UK, either on British or US service personnel.

The court has already heard documents found on Junead’s computer showed he researched buying items including a combat knife on Amazon.

Mr Hill told the jury that after his arrest at his work depot in Letchworth, Junead told police officers they were ‘liars’ adding: “You think you are powerful, may Allah destroy you.”

Neither man made comment during subsequent police interviews, Mr Hill said, apart from Shazib Khan once saying ‘where is your evidence?’.

The case continues.