Man saw extreme material of Isis before targeting Reading knife, court hears

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Old Bailey hears that Khairi Saadallah was involved in extremism for a long time

A man who stabbed three people to death in a minute was watching video of a notorious Isis executioner in a supposed terrorist rampage, a court heard. On June 20, Khairi Saadallah murdered three men in a park in Reading as they enjoyed a summer night. A hearing at the Old Bailey was told that Saadallah viewed radical content in the days before the attack and had a long-standing interest in terrorism to decide if the attacks were terrorist acts and could thus bear a higher penalty. “It was also heard that the day before the stabbing in which he stabbed three people, wounded three others and shouted “Allahu Akbar,” Saadallah, 26, bought the knife at a supermarket. “The hearing was told that Saadallah had accessed information about Mohammed Emwazi on his mobile phone in 2019, the Isis propagandist featured in execution videos in which he taunts his victims and accessed an Isis-

Ritchie-Bennett and Furlong died from single stab wounds to the throat. Their friend Stephen Young and two other men, Patrick Edwards and Nishit Nisudan, who were seated nearby, also stabbed and wounded Saadallah. Morgan said at the trial, “In less than a minute, the defendant executed a deadly attack with a knife, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ killing all three men before they had a chance to react.” “Within the same minute, the defendant attacked and stabbed three more people nearby …. The defendant was ruthless and efficient in his actions. The prosecution believes that the attack perpetrated by the defendant was carefully planned and executed with determination and precision. “The defendant believed that he was following his radical philosophy in carrying out this attack, an ideology that he pursued. He claimed that he was carrying out an act of religious jihad by killing as many individuals as possible that day. Morgan said that Saadallah had scanned the park and had been photographed in Libya handling weapons, and had come to Britain in 2012 after becoming part of a militia opposed to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. In Britain, Saadallah was refused asylum and started committing crimes, committing thefts and robberies for which he was imprisoned.

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