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Married terror plotters boasted over who was more radical, court hears

Married terror plotters boasted about who was more radical, as the wife branded her husband ‘Mr Moderate’, a court has heard.

Married terror plotters boasted about who was more radical, as the wife branded her husband ‘Mr Moderate’, a court has heard.

Madihah Taheer and her husband Ummariyat Mirza, both 21 from Birmingham, are accused of plotting to commit a terror act.

The pair were monitored on social media bragging over who was more radicalised, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Ms Taheer is alleged to have later bought a hunting knife and a "life size training dummy" for her husband to help prepare him for an attack.

Jurors heard Mirza has admitted preparing to commit terrorist acts while his wife denies the offence.

Madihah Taheer and her husband Ummariyat Mirza, both 21 from Birmingham, are accused of plotting to commit a terror act.  Credit:Central News

The court was read a series of texts between the pair who shared ISIS propaganda as their romance bloomed.

In one text Mirza told his partner: "I'm more radical than you."

In a series of texts he said: "I introduced you to ISIS, and twitter and Jihad. You're my student.

"Remember who brought you into this organisation. Don't forget the one who helped you to your position."

She replied: "Sit down Mr Moderate.

"I saw a pic of our Khalifa months before you."

Later she allegedly paid £275 for a plastic torso, commonly used as a training opponent by martial arts practitioners, and a £120 Cold Steel Leatherneck online for her husband.

The Birmingham couple had married in April 2016, and she was seven months pregnant when police raided their home on 29 March, the court heard.

Proscutor John McGuinness QC said: "The allegation is that between 12 February and 30 March she committed an offence linked to terrorism. The prosecution say that her husband, intended to commit terrorist acts in the UK and he engaged in conduct in preparation for carrying out his intention.

"There is no doubt that Mirza did intend to commit terrorist acts in the UK and that he engaged in conduct in preparation for carrying out his intention.

"He conducted online research on potential targets and victims of terrorist acts and on the means of committing such acts. Second, he purchased a training knife and then a real, and lethal knife.

"'The prosecution say that Madiha Taheer intended to assist her husband to commit acts of terrorism within the UK."

She denies the charge and the trial continues.

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