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    Jihadists Who Tried to Kill Prison Guard in UK Jail in ‘Ferocious’ Attack Given Life Sentences

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    Whitemoor prison in Cambridgeshire is one of the highest security jails in Britain. Among its 430 prisoners are 100 Category A inmates and seven “high risk” convicts.

    Two Muslim inmates who attacked a prison officer with improvised weapons in Whitemoor jail have been given life sentences.

    Brusthom Ziamani, 25, and Baz Hockton, 26, were convicted of attempting to murder Neil Trundle, a prison officer at Whitemoor, a high security jail in the east of in January.

    Ziamani – who was serving a 19 years sentence after being convicted in 2015 of plotting to behead a British soldier – was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 21 years on Thursday, 8 October. 

    Mrs Justice May said he was a “dangerous” man who had committed a “shockingly ferocious” attack on Mr Trundle and was motivated by radical Islam. 

    Hockton was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years.

    Prosecutor Annabel Darlow QC said Hockton had converted to Islam in 2014 but his faith was “corrupted into extremism” while he was in jail.

    The men were wearing fake suicide belts and one shouted “Allahu Akbar (God is Great)” as they attacked Mr Trundle.

    When other prison officers rushed to the scene of the attack Ziamani and Hockton confronted them, before finally being overpowered.

    Detectives later found extremist Islamic literature in the cells of both men, including a four-page letter handwritten by Ziamani in which he said he…

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