A 21-year-old teacher arrested by anti-terror police in London plotting to attack a police officer.
Yesterday it emerged that Mohamed Amoudi was investigated for attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS, and was held by police in 2015.
Amoudi’s activity on social media expressing radical Muslim views had previously been investigated by police.
He was planning to carry out a terror attack in a crowded tourist area.
He is one of seven Muslim terrorists still being questioned by police, including a knifeman arrested in the heart of Westminster, held after separate operations in London.
The swoops on a 27-year-old Muslim terrorist in Whitehall and locations in north London and Kent were executed to contain ‘threats’ and an ‘active’ terror plot, Scotland Yard said.
Born in Yemen, Amoudi studied at Capital City Academy and was an active member of the university’s Islamic society.
Under the name Abu Umar Al-Hadrami, his Twitter feed, which has now been removed, included derogatory references to non-Muslims as ‘kuffar’ (unbelievers).
Two years ago Amoudi was stopped with two teenagers at Istanbul airport after their parents tipped off detectives. But police later released Amoudi – who has been linked to the controversial human rights group Cage – without charge.
Shortly before he travelled to Turkey, Amoudi attended a talk by cleric Haitham al-Haddad, who is known for making homophobic remarks and supporting the death penalty for people who convert away from Islam.
Amoudi was pictured in the front row of the event, organised by the Cage, listening to the cleric as he said: ‘When the leaders of kuffar are happy with your religion, then know that you’ve deviated from the right path.’
Amoudi, who described himself as a teacher on an internet profile, was a regular worshipper at a small mosque on Willesden High Road.
One terrorist, named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, was arrested for offences under the Terrorism Act and possession of offensive weapons close to Downing Street on Thursday afternoon.
Police recovered several knives during the ‘intelligence-led’ swoop, which took place yards from the scene of last month’s deadly attack by Khalid Masood on Westminster Bridge.
Believed to be a British national born overseas who went to school in Tottenham, north London, Ali reportedly joined a terrorists flotilla to Gaza in 2010.
Following his dramatic arrest in front of crowds of tourists, he was taken for questioning at a south London police station where he remains.
A further six people, including a 16-year-old boy-terrorist, are in custody after they were detained in an unconnected operation that saw a team of specialist firearms officers storm an address in Willesden, north London.