Paintball ‘training for jihad’
AN UNDERCOVER police officer who went paintballing with a gang of suspected extremists was told it was preparation for jihad, a court heard yesterday.
The agent described how up to 25 young men travelled from east London for a day of outdoor activities in Berkshire.
But the officer told Woolwich Crown Court the alleged ringleader of the group, Mohammed Hamid, 50, quickly revealed the trip’s true purpose.
The man, known as Dawood, said: “He told us the training was in preparation for jihad.”
Five men are on trial accused of plotting to stage terrorist training camps at various UK locations. They deny the offences and the trial continues.