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British man who intended to join IS jailed for 6 years

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey last month.

unnamed Shamim Ahmed (24) of the London Borough of Stepney. Source: Metropolitan Police

A MAN HAS been imprisoned for six years after pleading guilty at the Old Bailey to preparing for acts of terrorism by travelling to join the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Shamim Ahmed, aged 24, of Stepney admitted his guilt when he appeared at the Old Bailey on 10 May.

The investigation by the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command evidenced that on 11 January 2016, Ahmed flew from London Gatwick to Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

On arrival in Istanbul, Ahmed checked into a hotel, paying for five nights’ accommodation, but the following day Ahmed booked a one way ticket for a flight from Istanbul to Gaziantep, by the Syrian border – he travelled there on 13 January.

The following day Ahmed left Gaziantep and at about 10.45am was detained at Oncupinar Border Crossing by the Turkish authorities.

Two days later, the Turkish Authorities deported Ahmed back to the United Kingdom where he was met by officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command – he was arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism and subsequently charged.

Commander Dean Haydon of the MPS Counter Terrorism Command said: “Ahmed has admitted his intention was to join IS at a time when there was no doubt of the atrocities that they were committing.

Working with the Turkish authorities we were able to stop him and bring him to justice here in the UK.

The UK have been ramping up anti-terrorist measures since terror attacks in London that resulted in the death of eight people.

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