A man who incited a German terror cell to commit mass murder with a car, explosives and a meat cleaver has been given a life sentence.
Fatah Abdullah tried to learn how to make a pressure cooker “bomb” to aid Germany-based conspirators Omar Babek and Ahmed Hussein.
The 35-year-old encouraged the others to set off explosions, drive into a crowd and attack people with weapons.
At the Old Bailey, he was told he must serve a minimum term of nine years.
Abdullah had previously admitted a charge of inciting terrorism.
The court heard the attack would have caused mass fatalities but was foiled by police in January 2019.
Abdullah, who was born in Iran and successfully sought asylum in the UK after arriving in 2005, initially denied being involved and attempted to explain away items in his flat, which included more than 8,000 matches, fireworks and a remote control detonator.
He claimed he bought a pocket knife on Amazon to cut grass for his rabbits, a food mixer from eBay to make pizza dough and an SAS-style balaclava for when it was cold.
Abdullah, of Arthur’s Hill, also told police that 200g of sulphur powder was for growing flowers and denied knowing about its use in the production of gunpowder, the court heard.
Ingredients to make gunpowder that Abdullah had obtained were never found, suggesting they had been used.
In encrypted chat on Telegram, Abdullah detailed how the plotters should attack people, saying: “The aim is…