Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 27, allegedly drove at police outside Buckingham Palace and then attacked them with a samurai sword because Queen Elizabeth II is an “enemy of Allah”, the Old Bailey has heard.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray QC told the court that Chowdhury’s sister had found his suicide note earlier in the day, allegedly outlining his reasons for the attempted terror attack, which said: “Tell everyone that I love them and that they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and their property.
The prosecutor told the jury that Chowdhury had self-radicalised, and had searched the internet for Islamic State beheading videos and for the beheadings committed by the British terrorist ‘Jihadi John’.
“He had expressed hatred to the Queen and her soldiers, which in his mind her soldiers included the police,” Mr Cray alleged.
The jury also heard that the Uber driver may have intended to stage an attack outside of Windsor Castle earlier on in the evening, but his satnav took him to the Windsor Castle pub in Victoria, Westminster.