“It was very strange to act nice with a terrorist, to be cute and to be saying, ‘Hey, tell me about your day!
’ I thought I would feel uncomfortable in a hijab, but the costume helped. As his trust grew, so he began to talk more about his life as a fighter.
Little was known about the growing links between extremists and Muslim teenagers then, and even now the scale of the network is a surprise: Sultana, one of the missing British girls believed to have crossed the border to Syria, was following more than 70 extremists on Twitter and had amassed more than 11,000 followers. Melodie had been online only a few days but she had already made a wide circle of friends, sharing videos and conversations about jihad.
Someone who can teach me new things and inspire me,” El-Hassan wrote on her dating profile.
She sent messages to him on the Whats App messaging service with links to websites with details on making ricin.
He sent back her graphic videos of IS beheadings, shootings and killing prisoners using explosives.
When police arrested him in December of 2016, Mohammed, who worked in a food factory making meals for supermarkets, possessed instruction manuals on mobile phone detonators, ricin and how to make explosives, prosecutors said.