A British jihadi – who was killed in an RAF drone strike – was plotting a Paris-style massacre in London, reports say.
Reyaad Khan was in the midst of planning an attack on the capital when he was killed in Syria by the RAF back in August, according to The Sunday Express.
The strike on Khan, 21, and other Isis fighters was part of a wider operation given the go-ahead by Prime Minister David Cameron, stating the act was in ‘self defence’ and the only way to stop terrorist attacks on British soil.
A security source told The Express:
Two foiled plots he was said to be involved in were the attempted attack on a VJ Day parade on August 15 and a coordinated shooting spree on the streets of Britain, most likely London. In the first attack he hoped to murder Royals and VIPs while the latter plan was based on the Charlie Hebdo massacre. An IS sleeper cell, armed with high-velocity rifles, was to attack various targets and kill as many people as possible but the plans were severely disrupted following his death.Advertisement
The straight-A student was killed alongside 26-year-old Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, when his phone signal was tracked by MI6.
Khan – who had dreams to become Britain’s first Asian Prime Minister before he became radicalised – was found out to be a bridge between the so-called Islamic State and its supporters in Britain.
Working with other secret Isis agents in the UK he was a major part of a plot which was aiming to hit several targets, not too dissimilar to the Charlie Hebdo massacre at the start of this year.
Other plots hatched by Khan were stated by David Cameron in a House of Commons speech after the horrific massacre in Paris, which killed 132 people.