Woolwich attack: Terrorist thug jailed for plotting to behead soldier batters prison guard
28 May 2013 00:00
al-Qaeda fanatic Parviz Khan flew into a rage after a simple call from a prison imam to pray for Drummer Lee Rigby
Prison staff feared their colleague, locked in a room and being attacked by crazed extremists, was facing the same gruesome death as murdered soldier Lee Rigby.
Leading the thugs was al-Qaeda fanatic Parviz Khan, serving life for plotting to behead a Muslim member of the Army – and thought to be the inspiration for last week’s horrific slaughter.
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The terrified officer, in his 30s, was finally freed by a specialist riot squad who stormed the room where he was held for five hours and beaten mercilessly by the extremists, who told him he would die.
And the vicious assault was sparked by a simple call from a prison imam to pray for drummer Lee who was butchered in the street last week near his barracks in Woolwich, South East London.
Khan flew into a rage at the request, insisting the 25-year-old’s murder was justified.
Recruiting two fellow Muslims, an African-born fanatic and a British convert, they kidnapped the guard on Sunday and bundled him into a cleaning room at Full Sutton jail near York.
Once inside, he was battered senseless with mop handles. The yobs threatened to pour caustic toilet cleaner into his eyes.
A prison source said last night: “The fear was that the gang had somehow got hold of knives from the prison kitchen and they would attempt to behead him.
“It was organised and inspired by the terrible death of Lee Rigby. Khan wanted to start a riot and after taking a hostage he was shouting for ‘true Muslims’ to join a holy war.
"He was the ringleader and the main person behind the savage beating of the prison officer, who feared for his life.
“By the time the attack finished the officer was covered in bruises and blood.
“He feels very lucky to be alive. He was told they would kill him.”
The guard was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He is believed to have been allowed home to recover but is expected to be off work for several weeks.
Staff at Full Sutton, which holds dozens of terrorists, said they had warned bosses about Khan’s volatile temperament and insisted he was an increased security risk.
They had wanted him moved into a segregation wing. But they claimed their pleas were ignored as jail chiefs did not want to risk stirring up trouble.
A source said: “We could see this was coming but nothing was done.
"The bosses were too worried about causing offence among terrorists to do their job properly.
"And as a result, we are very lucky not to be dealing with the death of a prison officer.”
The three attackers were bundled into segregation units after being overpowered at the maximum security jail.
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Khan was jailed for life in 2008 for the Birmingham-based plot to kidnap and decapitate a Muslim soldier on camera.
He was ordered to serve at least 14 years.
The terrorist was involved in a violent clash at his previous prison, Long Lartin in Worcestershire last year.
He was moved to a segregation wing after a fellow inmate’s neck and face were slashed.
The victim was left bleeding and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.
The Prisoner Officers Association confirmed the latest incident had taken place.
And a spokesman said severe cuts in the number of guards has sparked fears of more attacks.
He added: “We are seriously concerned about dangerous staffing levels in prisons.
“The POA believe future cuts will massively increase the risk of violence.”
The Prison Service also confirmed the attack took place.
A spokesman added: “It was successfully resolved. A police investigation is ongoing.”
Khan was training his young sons aged five and seven to slit the throats of infidels, it was revealed after his trial.
Secretly taped at his home he asked the boys, “Who do you love?” and then chanted back: “Sheikh Osama bin Laden and Sheikh Abu Hamza.”
When asked who they hate, the sons replied “America I kill. Bush I kill. Blair I kill.”