İrem UZUN -TDO- A woman appeared in court on Wednesday charged with terrorism offences including scoping out St Paul’s cathedral as a possible bomb target. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, from Hayes, west London, was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives. The preparations also included traveling to London and staying at a hotel to conduct reconnaissance, police added in a statement.
Shaikh is said to have travelled to London where she stayed at a hotel to conduct the terror plot and plant a first bomb. She visited tourist hotspot St Paul's Cathedral to scope it for security and the best place to plant a second bomb. Shaikh then met and supplied a person with two bags with the belief that explosives would be fitted into the bags, police said. She is alleged to have prepared the words of a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State. Shaikh is due before the Old Bailey on 1 November.