Female ISIS supporter, 36, admits suicide bomb terror plot on St Paul’s Cathedral and a London hotel in bid to ‘kill herself and as many people as possible’

  • Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, admits preparation of terrorist acts at Old Bailey
  • Also pleads guilty to dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing 
  • Charge states she contacted someone who could prepare explosives
  • Shaikh is also said to have gone on trip to scope out St Paul’s and a hotel

A supporter of the Islamic State terror group today pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, of Hayes, West London, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey.

The charge states that Shaikh made contact with someone who could prepare explosives and went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the historic site and a hotel as locations to plant bombs.

Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, of Hayes, West London , admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey 

She prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to the group, also known as Isis or Daesh, between August 2019 and October 2019.

Shaikh also shared terrorist documents via groups using the Telegram messaging app over the same period.

The court was previously told that Ms Shaikh ‘intended to kill herself and as many other people as possible.’ 

The defendant, who wore black robe, spoke quietly as she entered her guilty pleas before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey today.

The woman pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral in London (file picture)

Mr Justice Sweeney ordered pre-sentence reports ahead of sentencing on May 12. The judge ordered that the defence should serve any psychiatric report by April 3.

St Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most iconic landmarks and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. 

It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the previous cathedral on the site was burned down in the Great Fire of London.

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