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    To the outside world Sahayb Abu appeared to be a tone-deaf buffoon. But the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command believed he was a dangerous terrorist devoted to the cause of Daesh.

    A British Muslim has been convicted of plotting to carry out a terrorist attack after a joint operation between MI5 and Scotland Yard.

    Sahayb Aweys Munye Abu, 27, from east London, was convicted of trying to buy weapons, including a large sword, and equipment online in preparation for an attack against an unspecified target in Britain.

    ​He also visited websites where he chatted with other Daesh* sympathisers and shared his jihadist views.

    Hours before he was arrested he posted a message in a chatroom saying "we need a 9/11 2.0," a reference to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001.

    Detectives seized his mobile phones and laptop and found dozens of  messages, including videos in which Abu rapped in a painfully out of tune voice about jihad.

    ​In one rap he referred to himself as a “straight ISIS supporter,” sang about “heads rolling on the ground” and included the lyric: “got my suicide vest, one click boom and I’ll see you later.”

    After his arrest Abu denied he planned to commit a terrorist attack and said the sword and other items were just props designed to be used in parody “drill” music videos.

    His brother Muhamed - who was cleared of failing to disclose information about terrorist attacks - told the jury at the Old Bailey Abu was nothing but a “clown”.

    ​But Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, disagreed.

    He said: “Over several months, Abu sought to obtain weapons and the equipment needed to commit a terrorist attack. He is an extremely dangerous individual, but we were able to intervene and arrest him before he was able to carry out his attack.”

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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