Online couple guilty of IS Christmas plot

A couple who met on an online dating website have been found guilty of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack over Christmas.

Munir Mohammed enlisted the help of pharmacist Rowaida El-Hassan on after volunteering for a lone wolf mission directed by a man he believed was an IS commander on Facebook.

Mohammed, a Sudanese asylum seeker, was arrested in December 2016 at his home in Leopold Street, Derby.

Police found two of the three components for the explosive TATP, manuals on how to make explosives, mobile phone detonators and ricin, a deadly poison.

Both he and El-Hassan, 33, of Willesden Lane, northwest London, denied preparing terrorist acts between November 2015 and December 2016.

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An Old Bailey jury on Monday found the pair guilty of the plot.

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