Derby's history of terrorism and extremism from Omar to Munir

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Derby man Munir Mohammed, who was found guilty on Tuesday of planning a terrorist attack in the UK, is not the first person from the city to be convicted of a terror-related offence.

He was convicted at London's Old Bailey and police believe the likely location of Mohammed's attack would have been Derby.

Mohammed, a refugee, of Leopold Street, is one of a number of terrorists and extremists to have lived in Derby.

And, in November, Derbyshire Chief Constable Peter Goodman warned that fanatics who had left Derbyshire to fight for so-called Islamic State - also known as ISIS - were on their way home. He said they “pose a real risk”.

Mudassir Hussain

In 2017, Derby barber Mudassir Hussain, of Gladstone Street, was jailed for more than five years after being caught travelling to Syria to join Islamic State. He told family he had been “dreaming of jihad” after he booked a one-way ticket to Istanbul in Turkey, flying out in January 2016.

Kabir Ahmed

In July 2014, the Derby Telegraph unmasked Normanton father-of-three Kabir Ahmed as a fighter for so-called Islamic State. The then-30-year-old, formerly of Madeley Street, boasted on TV about wanting to become a suicide bomber for ISIS in Iraq.

Kabir Ahmed outside Derby Crown Court

Kabir Ahmed outside Derby Crown Court

In November 2014, Ahmed was named as the person responsible for carrying out a suicide bombing in northern Iraq. Reports claimed he was killed when a truck laden with explosives was driven into a convoy of police in Baiji, north of Baghdad.

Krenar Lushar

In 2009, Krenar Lushar, an Albanian man who lived in Normanton, was found guilty of five terror offences after documents, including a Hezbollah military instruction manual, were found at his home in Moore Street.

Parviz Khan

In February 2008, Derby-born Parviz Khan was jailed for life for plotting to kill a British Muslim soldier, having planned to lure the serviceman with a promise of drugs and then film him being beheaded.

Umran Javed

Another Derby man, Umran Javed, was jailed for six years for shouting pro-terrorism remarks at a protest outside the Danish embassy in London in February 2007.

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Omar Sharif

One of the first from the city to be associated with extremism and terrorism was Omar Sharif. The body of the father of two was found washed up on the shore at Tel Aviv 12 days after he tried to blow up a bar in the Israeli city on April 1, 2003. The explosives had failed to detonate.

Failed Derby suicide bomber Omar Khan Sharif

Failed Derby suicide bomber Omar Khan Sharif

He was a former Bemrose School pupil who lived in Northumberland Avenue. His accomplice, 21-year-old Asif Hanif, of London, detonated his bomb, killing three and wounding 65. Omar, 27, fled but was later found dead.

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