An anti-Islam extremist has admitted plotting to become the first far-right suicide bomber after planning to blow up a mosque in revenge for the UK’s Manchester terror attack.
Steven Bishop, 41, was obsessed with the Manchester Arena attack, which saw an extremist suicide bomber kill 22 people in May 2017, and the death of its youngest victim eight-year-old Saffie Roussos.
Using encrypted apps and forums on the dark web, he bought bomb making equipment and manuals last year.
Similar forums were also used by New Zealand’s Christchurch terrorist prior to his mosque attacks last month which left 50 people dead.
The UK extremist, who is an alcoholic and drug addict from Thornton Health, south London, was caught after he made chilling remarks about his plans to a support worker.
He confessed to purchasing an app to encrypt his phone and said he was going to commit a suicide mission on the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, near his address, using a home-made bomb.
Counter-terrorism police raided his home last October and found a suitcase in a shed at his address containing the materials for an improvised detonator and a recipe for making explosives.