Extremist who warned of royal terror attack is jailed

An extremist who posted a YouTube video warning of a terror attack on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been jailed for 31 months.

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Afsor 'no access' to sensitive Tube information

Mr Afsor was employed by one of our contractors responsible for reception and security duties on TfL property.

He worked in a reception/security capacity and his role did not involve him having access to sensitive information or equipment. He has not worked on TfL property since 2009.

– Transport for London

Jailed extremist worked for London Underground

  • 27-year-old Afsor Ali worked in security on the London Underground and was personally counselled by radical cleric Omar Bakri
  • Ali claimed the 9/11 attacks were a 'blessing' and kept a copy of the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire with a guide on how to make bombs and fire an AK-47
  • He then warned of a terrorist attack on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Police 'uncovered extremist material' on computer

  • Ali was first arrested in December 2011 when he took part in a protest against American drone attacks in Pakistan outside the US embassy
  • He was released without charge but during the investigation an MP3 player was seized with a laptop and external hard drive taken from his home during a search
  • When they were examined, they were shown to contain documents that were useful to terrorists
  • When police searched his home months later they found his new computer also contained extremist material
  • In a clip from 2012 he warns the viewer not to attend the royal wedding because of a terror attack
  • In another clip, Ali hails the 9/11 attack as "an historic event"

Extremist to be sentenced over royal attack warning

An extremist who posted a YouTube video warning of a terror attack on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be sentenced today.

Afsor Ali will be sentenced at the Old Bailey Credit: PA

27-year-old Afsor Ali was found guilty of three out of four counts of possessing terrorist material after his trial at the Old Bailey. Ali, from Bethnal Green earlier admitted having someone else's UK passport in an unsuccessful bid to flee on the Eurostar to Paris in March.

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