Parsons Green Tube bombing suspect ‘made up Isis kidnap to gain asylum’

Ahmed Hassan said he came to the UK to study

A teenage asylum seeker accused of trying to blow up a rush-hour Tube train admitted yesterday that he lied to immigration officials about having been kidnapped by Islamic State.

Ahmed Hassan, 18, who lived with foster parents in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, said he made up a story about being “trained to kill” in order to claim asylum. “I have never had any contact with [Isis] at all,” he told the Old Bailey. “I come from a wealthy and safe area in northern Iraq and had I told the truth they would have deported me. The only reason I left my country was to study and that wasn’t enough to get leave to remain so I had to make up something.”

Mr Hassan is accused of planting…

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