ISIS bride who planned suicide attack at the British Museum claimed she’d sinned too much to be a martyr
Safaa Boular, 18, allegedly planned a suicide attack at the British Museum after she was trained online by Naweed Hussain, a British Pakistani who joined ISIS in 2015
A teenage girl accused of plotting IS-inspired terror attacks with her future husband told a court she sinned too much to be a martyr.
Safaa Boular, 18, allegedly planned a suicide attack at the British Museum after she was trained online by Naweed Hussain, a British Pakistani who joined ISIS in 2015.
She told a court if she had committed suicide she would’ve gone straight to hell, not paradise, adding that she had not been praying as regularly as she should have.
She claims she never agreed to launch an attack but Hussain continued to push the idea of a suicide ambush.
Boular told jurors the plan consisted of “short words; British museum, Tokarev, and pineapple,” the latter two she recognised as a gun and a grenade.
But the teenager added that the plan referred to any British museum rather than the popular tourist attraction and seemed “less realistic” due to the move away from more easily-accessible knives.
When her plan to marry Hussain over Skype and travel to Raqqa was thwarted last April she urged her sister, Rizlaine Boular, 22, to carry out a knife attack at the Palace of Westminster, the Old Bailey was told.
The girls’ mother Mina Dich, 44, went on a reconnaissance trip with her elder daughter driving around the major landmarks nearby.
They bought a packet of knives on April 26 last year in preparation for a rampage the following day codenamed the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, jurors heard.
Rizlaine and her mother have admitted preparing acts of terrorism but Safaa denies two similar charges.
Hussain had been telling Safaa Boular to carry out terror attacks in the UK, but she told the court that she could never carry out an attack because she had sinned too much and not prayed enough.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC asked her: “At that stage, is this right, he mentioned the use of a car and a knife?”
“Yes,” she said.
“But not saying what you were going to do with them?”
“It’s not rocket science, if he’s talking about an attack with a car and a knife you know what that means.”
The prosecutor said it would be best if Safaa explained what she meant, and she told the court: “He just mentioned to me to do an attack by Christmas.
“These are his fantasies, not mine.”
Mr Atkinson said: “So you thought he was serious but fantasising?”
Safaa said: “At the end of the day I was never going to meet this man, I was stuck in the UK, he was stuck in Syria.”
Mr Atkinson said: “I suppose there was one way you could meet… you and he both died as martyrs, you would be together forever in paradise.”
Safaa said: “And we would still be together forever in paradise if we died naturally.”
“But it would be quicker and more certain if you had both died as martyrs?” said Mr Atkinson.
“There are so many times I had sinned, if I had committed suicide I would’ve gone straight to hell, not paradise,” Safaa said, adding that she had not been praying as regularly as she should have.