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PremierLeague-News.Com - When officers stormed his flat gunpowder crackled under their feet
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! For more than ten years now Isa Ibrahim has been in prison. Ibrahim, now aged 32, from Bristol, was convicted of making explosives with intent and preparing terrorist acts at a shopping centre in the city in 2008. He was jailed for a minimum of 10 years for plotting to blow himself up using a suicide vest and home-made explosives. In 2018 it emerged he was denied parole when the The Parole Board confirmed that "a panel did not direct the release of Isa Ibrahim". It said Ibrahim would be eligible for a further review in two years' time. This week the Parole Board confirmed to Bristol Live that Ibrahim was again reviewed at the start of 2020, and again there was no direction for his release pending a further review in 2022. Isa Ibrahim (Image: SWNS - MASONS - HEMEDIA) When police were first told about Andrew Isa Ibrahim they had no idea who he was. The then 20-year-old Chemistry student, who was radicalised online, had gone about the community bragging about making bombs and idolising Osama Bin Laden and the 7/7 London bombers. He tested the bombs in his living room, carrying out controlled explosions in small bottles. When police were tipped off that Ibrahim had burn marks on his hand and feet and was planning to blow up a shopping centre, they had to take prompt action. Photo taken in police custody showing injuries to Isa Ibrahim's foot It transpired that, for years, Ibrahim had been plotting to detonate bombs in The Galleries in Bristol city centre, near where he sold the Big Issue. When officers stormed the student's flat in Westbury-on-Trym there was so much gunpowder on the kitchen floor it crackled under the officers’ feet. Growing up Ibrahim grew up in a loving, wealthy family, with a top education in private schools around Bristol. Born Andrew Philip Michael in January 1989, he was the youngest son of a consultant pathologist and his wife He attended Colston’s School but was asked to leave in 2002 due to behavioural problems. His parents transferred him to another private school in Clifton, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), but he was again forced to transfer out. In Downside Catholic boarding school, Bath, he had few friends and was “bullied, hit or laughed at”. It was there he started taking drugs and mixing with people outside school, and was eventually suspended. He moved back to Bristol to go to Bristol Cathedral Choir School - then a private school - where he achieved eight GCSEs and an A in English. But his addiction took a stranglehold and he spiralled downwards. In 2007 he changed his first name from Andrew to Isa after converting to Islam. But within months he relapsed into addiction. Isa Ibrahim changed his name from Andrew after converting to Islam His radical views alienated him from the rest of his community and he latched onto extremist views. Terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the 7/7 London bombers became his heroes and he wanted to become, in his words, “famous” - even if it meant his life. His family relationships broke down and he struggled to stay in a single place, declaring himself homeless. Aged 18 he lived in St George’s House homeless hostel for a year and started his AS levels at City of Bristol College. He was moved to Comb Paddock in Westbury-on-Trym by Bristol City Council, and it was there he started his experiments. His plot By that point, he had already been doing research about bomb making and was quickly radicalised online. Watching videos and even creating a Living Will, he was prepared to kill himself while blowing up a bomb in the busy Galleries shopping centre. His research increased, spending hours pouring over extremist literature and videos.
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Isa Ibrahim at Broadmead shopping centre in Bristol
When a member of the Muslim community heard him bragging about making bombs, they decided to ring a community police officer. The name was new to the police. Detective chief inspector Matt Iddon said years later he was “completely unknown” and Ibrahim was “not on any security services radar”. Police raided his flat in April 2008 and evacuated the neighbours. The floor was laden with high-explosive powder, and in his fridge was a Rich Tea biscuit tin filled with explosives.
Hydrogen Peroxide found in a cabinet at Isa Ibrahim’s flat
“This explosive was so volatile, that the vibration from opening the tin set off the quantity of high explosives in that tin,” the inspector explained. “It was lit up immediately.” He said there had been enough high explosives on a teaspoon to blow up a lab and a few grams was enough to remove limbs.
A collection of ball bearings, nails and screws found in Isa Ibrahim’s flat
Ibrahim was found with burn wounds to his hands and feet. Officers discovered a video which showed him lighting a fuse and practising in his living room. At his trial at Winchester Crown Court he said he had trouble interacting and making friends, and admitted even as an adult he talked to teddy bears. Even as he was detained in Belmarsh prison, he thought it would “give him status” to be in the same prison as the likes of hate cleric Abu Hamza.
A jury convicted him of making an explosive with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury He was also found guilty of preparing terrorist acts by purchasing material to make an explosive, making that explosive, buying material to detonate the explosive, carrying out reconnaissance before the act and making an improvised suicide vest. Trial judge Mr Justice Butterfield gave him an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of 10 years. He told Ibrahim: “You were, in my judgement, a lonely and angry young person at the time of these events, with a craving for attention. “You are a dangerous young man, well-capable of acting on the views you held in the spring of 2008.”
The tip off Police said the tip off was the key to ensuring Ibrahim could not carry out the plot. None of the authorities had been aware of him or what he was capable of. Then deputy head of Avon and Somerset police CID, Det Supt Nigel Rock said: “All of Bristol should be grateful to the contribution the Muslim community made in providing information for this investigation. “Without a doubt, they saved people from serious injury or even worse.” The council of Bristol Mosques issued a statement after the case, condemning any acts of terrorism and extremism. “Islam has no remote connection whatsoever with such criminal actions or indeed intentions,” they said. “We stress that, at all times, we must behave honourably and as law-abiding citizens. We believe strongly in community ties and community cohesion. “Anything falling below these standards is morally and socially unacceptable.” In 2011, three years after his suicide plot, he apologised for his mistakes, saying he had been seduced by an “ideology of hate”. Ibrahim said: “It is of significant importance that we all come together to root out extremism and the poisonous propaganda that is in our communities and on the internet, and I believe that Imams of mosques play a crucial role in combating this ideology. “I urge Muslims to talk to local Imams and scholars about religious matters and not rely on the internet and those who seek to draw people into their ideology of hate - something I unfortunately was taken in by.”
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