UK Islamic Extremist Jailed For Life

13 May 2016, 16:10 | Updated: 13 May 2016, 16:13

A British Islamic extremist from Luton who idolised Jihadi John has been jailed for life for planning a terror attack on American military personnel in East Anglia last year.

25 year-old delivery driver Junead Khan, was a "committed supporter" of Islamic State and plotted to kill a soldier using a "Jihadi John" style knife.

He used his agency job with a pharmaceutical firm as cover to scout US Air Force operations in the UK for potential victims including RAF Lakenheath, RAF Feltwell and RAF Mildenhall.

Detectives discovered he had been exchanging online messages with an IS fighter in Syria, with one message describing an attack on military personnel which they compared with the brutal murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich in 2013.

Sentencing him today at London's Kingston Crown Court, Mr Justice Edis said:

"Junead Khan was not far from the commission of the murder to be committed by horrifying method in the street in order to create terror and terrorist propaganda in this country.

His offence was so serious that a life sentence must be imposed.''

Khan, who straight ahead as he was handed the sentence, will have to serve a minimum of 12 years.