LONDON — A British delivery driver was sentenced Friday to at least 12 years in prison for a jihadi-inspired plot to attack American military personnel in England.
A judge said Junead Khan was a "committed supporter" of the Islamic State group and planned to kill air force personnel using a knife and potentially a bomb.
The 25-year-old’s work for a pharmaceutical firm took him past U.S. air bases in eastern England, and prosecutors said he discussed ways of targeting them with an IS militant in Syria.
The pair discussed faking a road accident and then attacking military personnel in imitation of the murder of Lee Rigby. Rigby was a British soldier who was run down by a car and stabbed to death by two al-Qaida-inspired attackers in 2013.
Khan — who had been visited in 2014 by police who tried to dissuade him from extremism — was arrested in July. When police raided his home, they found an IS-style black flag and a laptop containing an article from an al-Qaida magazine entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom."
A jury convicted Khan last month. Passing sentence Friday at Kingston Crown Court, Judge Andrew Edis said Khan planned a "horrifying" murder "in order to create terror and terrorist propaganda in this country."
The judge handed down a life sentence with no…