British delivery driver jailed for plot to kill US troops

Junead Khan is seen in an undated picture from the Metropolitan Police.
Junead Khan is seen in an undated picture from the Metropolitan Police.PHOTO: AFP
An undated handout photo shows Junead Khan's uncle, Shazib Khan.
An undated handout photo shows Junead Khan's uncle, Shazib Khan.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - A delivery driver who plotted to kill US troops based in England by staging road accidents to lure soldiers from their cars and then attack them with knives and possibly a home-made bomb was jailed for life on Friday.

In a message to a suspected accomplice in Syria, Junead Khan, 25, a supporter of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, told how he had missed an opportunity to kill Americans on his rounds in Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in central and eastern England.

"When I saw these US soldiers on the road it just looked simple but I had nothing on me or would've got into an accident with them and made them get out the car," he wrote.

In sentencing at London's Kingston Crown Court, Khan, who was convicted last month of preparing terrorist acts and planning to fight with ISIS in Syria, was jailed for life and told he would serve at least 12 years in prison.

His uncle Shazib Khan, 23, who was also found guilty of planning to join ISIS, was given a 13-year jail term.

Police said they had recovered British and US flags stolen from a diner near Junead Khan's home in Luton, north of London, which they believe were potentially to be used for a symbolic act during the attack.

"Junead Khan's ambition was to attack an innocent US soldier on our streets. He sought inspiration from terrorist videos, bomb-making guides and contacts in Syria," said Commander Dean Haydon, head of London police's Counter Terrorism Command.