A dental student from Sheffield University has appeared in court accused of preparing terrorist acts and possessing terrorist documents. Mohammed Abbas Idris Awan, 24, from Huddersfield, was remanded in custody following counter terrorism raids in Sheffield and Huddersfield on June 1st. One of the raids was on the fourth-year student's family home.
Mr Awan is accused of early attack planning through research into slingshots, cold steel knives and steel ball bearings; as well as allegedly possessing a recording of an Al-Qaeda camp demonstrating weapons training.
A counter terrorism spokesperson issued the following statement: "He has been charged with one offence of engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 and two offences of possessing a record of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000."
Mr Awan's brother, Umar Idris Awan, 29, was also arrested on June 1st but was released without charge.