Three UK Terrorist Criminals Jailed Accused of Attacking Prison Official By Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Three men convicted of terrorism offenses, including the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and an Iraqi man who tried to blow up a London subway train, were charged with attacking a prison officer, police said. on Wednesday. Hashem Abedi, 23, whose brother Salman killed 22 people at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in 2017, and Ahmed Hassan, 21, who tried to detonate a homemade bomb on a commuter train later that year, are accused of robbing a prison. officer at Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison in East London. A third man, Muhammed Saeed, 22, who was jailed last year after admitting he possessed items related to preparing for acts of terrorism, was also charged. All three have been charged with causing actual bodily harm. Abedi, born to Libyan parents who emigrated to Britain, was also charged with assaulting a second prison official during the incident that took place in May last year. All three are due to appear in Bromley Magistrates Court on April 7. Abedi is serving at least 55 years behind bars after being convicted of murder last year, while Hassan was jailed for 34 years for his botched attack that injured 30 people. There has been concern about how those convicted of terrorism are treated in prison and the danger that they may radicalize others. In 2016, Britain announced plans to isolate radical Islamists in high-security prisons to limit their ability to influence other inmates amid concerns that the prisons are breeding grounds for extremists. Last October, two British jail inmates who attempted to murder a prison officer while wearing improvised suicide bomb belts were convicted after an investigation by counter-terrorism police.

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