An incompetent terrorist mistook undercover police for ISIS recruiters — and asked them for help carrying out a suicide attack

A still from police video of Jamil's arrest.

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A still from police video of Jamil’s arrest.
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    Mubashir Jamil, 22, wanted to join ISIS, and sought out recruiters online. But he was tricked into confiding in undercover British police instead. He asked to be given a suicide belt to carry out a bombing. Officers arrested Jamil after he booked flights to Turkey. Jamil was convicted of terror offences at London’s Old Bailey court.

A 22-year-old British man has been convicted of terror offences after police tricked him into telling them that he wanted to join ISIS – and was prepared to carry out suicide bombings.

Mubashir Jamil, from Luton, Bedfordshire, unwittingly confided in undercover officers whom he mistook for ISIS recruiting agents.

The evidence he gave them ultimately resulted in his arrest, and a successful prosecution at the Old Bailey court in London.

In a press release on the day of his conviction, the Metropolitan Police published details of Jamil’s conversations with their agents, including an exchange where he asked them for a suicide belt.

He wrote: “I am saying if you guys can send me someone quickly, and he fits a explosive belt on me and tells me how to press, I can go find good targets on the same day and press it.”Jamil's punchbag, which he bought in an attempt to get fit before travelling to Syria.

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Jamil’s punchbag, which he bought in an attempt to get fit before travelling to Syria.
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At other points he told an officer that he wanted to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS there.

Police say they spoke to Jamil between November 2015 and April 2016 about his “dream” to wage jihad in the Middle East.

Officers say Jamil bought a punchbag and a pull-up bar to get fit for his mission. They said he then also bought a football to provide a viable cover story for wanting to bulk up, “so it’s less suspicious.”

Mubashir Jamil.

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Mubashir Jamil.
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Jamil was arrested at his home in Luton, on April 27, 2016.

Police detained him three days before he planned to fly to Turkey, which officers believe he would have used as a stepping stone to reach Syria.

During the arrest, detectives found pro-ISIS documents on his iPhone and two laptops – including two titled “How to survive in the West – A mujahid guide” and “The Islamic State 2015.”

They also found £1,000 in cash.

After a trial at the Old Bailey, Jamil was convicted on Thursday of “being engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to the intention to commit acts of terrorism.”

He will remain in custody until he is sentenced on November 23.

The maximum penalty for preparing acts of terrorism is life imprisonment.

Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Counter terrorism teams across the UK are carrying out hundreds of investigations but we need communities to work with us to fight terrorism.”

Britain faces terrorist threats “more diverse” than ever before, MI5 Director General Andrew Parker warned earlier this week.