Mohammad and Mohanned caught trying to leave UK for jihad?


Two British men who were caught trying to leave the UK via a southern port have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism offences.

Mohammed Mayow, 23, from Hayes, Middlesex, and Mohanned Jasim, 21, from Southall, west London, were arrested at Dover eastern docks by police as they tried to leave the UK in November 2015.

On Saturday, the south-east counter terrorism unit (Sectu) said in a statement that both men had been sentenced after pleading guilty to terrorism offences at the Old Bailey in London. Police also released an image showing Mayow draped in what appeared to resemble the black flag of jihad.

Thames Valley police Counter-terrorism detectives, however, admitted they were unable to find out exactly where the men were headed or what their intentions were.

The number of Britons leaving the UK to join extremist groups has dropped significantly since border agencies intensified their operations after it was found more than 800 people had travelled to fight in Syria.

About 600 Britons have been stopped while attempting to fly to the war-torn country, many apprehended at UK airports and others seized on planes and trains arriving in Istanbul, Turkey.
 They must have been up to something if they pled guilty to terrorism charges.  It is not clear how long they have been citizens of the UK or whether they were born there and subsequently radicalized.


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