Manchester man admits terrorism offence

A 26-year-old man who launched a knife attack at Manchester Victoria train station last New Year's Eve has pleaded guilty to a terrorism offence and three counts of attempted murder.

Having shouted ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and ‘Long live the Caliphate!’ as he stabbed and slashed at a couple in their 50s who were walking to a tram platform, Mahdi Mohamud pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to three counts of attempted murder. He also admitted one count of the possession of a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, a manual titled, ‘The seven most lethal ways to strike with a knife’.

He was originally detained under the Mental Health Act the day after the attack, but was later found fit to stand trial.


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