Nov 2 2009
A mother of six tried to smuggle ‘a mini encyclopedia of weapons making data’ into Britain by concealing a small computer memory stick under her burka.
Another reason why burkas should be banned in every Western country. Along with their wearers.
Moroccan-born Houria Chahed Chentouf, who was obsessed with the idea of Islamic holy war, had tied the device into her sleeve. But it fell out in front of police when she was stopped at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport after she arrived from Holland.
The stick contained contained more than 7,000 files that might have been useful to terrorists. Hand-written documents also seized by anti-terrorist officers showed the former tax official was considering whether she and her children should become human bombs.
The chilling note indicated that she was prepared to sacrifice her life and that of her children for the sake of her religion.She wrote: ‘Myself and my children would seek revenge, we would be bombs for the sake of this religion, may Allah forgive you.’
Chentouf, 41, who has dual British and Dutch citizenship, had ‘developed an obsessive interest in Jihad and the more extreme forms of Islam’ though internet chatrooms, Manchester Crown Court heard.
She was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison after admitting two offences of possessing documents likely to be useful for a terrorist. However, she walked free, having served her time on remand after her arrest in October last year. (Oh that was smart)
Officers say that, while they don’t know what her intentions were, it was clear she had connections with terrorists around the world, including a man jailed in Holland.
Police said Chentouf, who is divorced and was planning to move to the UK permanently, had become agitated as soon as she was stopped at the airport and when she made a pretence of bending down to scratch her leg, the pen drive fell out.
She was charged under the Terrorism Act 2000. The memory stick contained more than 7,000 files, 6,500 of which were put on it two days before she travelled to Britain.
It was described by police as ‘a mini encyclopedia of weapons making’ and included an explosives manual for the ‘Brothers of the Mujahadeen’, an ‘encyclopedia of Jihad’ and instructions for setting upa terror training camp.
There was advice on how make bombs ‘maim and kill as many as possible’. Searches of computers and laptops at her home revealed she had had chatroom conversations with militants. UK DAILY MAIL