Place of Birth: London, United Kingdom;
Mohammed Khilji is a British teenager who shared via Whatsapp, graphic terrorist videos in which soldiers are beheaded, and has been jailed for five years for encouraging terrorism. He was jailed the day after he was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court, of eight counts of encouraging terrorism.
The Met Police Counter Terrorism Command launched their investigation into Mohammed Khilji 19, of north-west London in July 2017 after he posted a video on YouTube in which he had digitally altered footage of a wargame video to make it appear that the featured soldiers were Daesh fighters.
Khilji had superimposed black Islamic State flags on the ‘Battlefield’ video and overlaid it with a terrorist battle song and a quote from a Islamic State propaganda magazine.
Detectives executed a search warrant at Khilji’s home on 4 July, recovering his mobile phone and computer. They arrested Khilji and he was released on bail while they continued their investigation.
Specialist forensic analysts then searched these devices and discovered he had been sharing graphic videos of Islamic State beheading soldiers and videos, calling for violence against non-Muslims. One such video included footage of the terrorist attack in Westminster last year, and concluded by offering the viewer advice on preparing a vehicle-borne bomb.
Khilji was ultimately charged in relation to eight such videos. When he was interviewed by police, Khilji tried to portray himself as an innocent youngster who held an interest in video production and didn’t agree with the actions of the Islamic State. He tried to make out that he had no interest in the terrorist organisation, but when we looked at his internet history, his searches for Islamic State material online told another story.”
When trawling through Khilji’s phone and computer, analysts found compelling evidence that he was in fact a Islamic State sympathiser. Such evidence included selfies of him posing with one finger in the air – a Islamic State salute – in front of a black flag commonly associated with Islamic State.
Some photos were accompanied by telling text such as “going kaffur hunting” – ‘kaffur’ meaning an ‘unbeliever’ or non-Muslim. His Battlefield video, though not the subject of one of the eight charges of encouraging terrorism, was evidence of his pro-Islamic State mindset, the prosecution told the court.
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