A driver on the controversial minicab app Uber appeared at the Old Bailey this week accused of being armed with a samurai sword outside Buckingham Palace believing the Queen was "an enemy of Allah".
The Uber driver, Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, manoeuvred his vehicle outside the iconic Royal residence next to a police van. It is said that he then pulled a four-foot sword from the footwell of the Toyota Prius he was driving on 25th August 2017.
Prosecutor in the trial Timothy Kray QC told the court Mr Chowdhury had left behind a suicide note for his sister detailing the motives behind the planned attack.
The note read “Tell everyone that I love them and they should struggle against the enemies of Allah with their lives and their property.
"The Queen and her soldiers will all be in the hellfire.
"They go to war with Muslims around the world and kill them without any mercy.
"They are the enemies that Allah tells us to fight."
Mr Kray went on to say Mr Chowdhury had purchased a sword sharpener earlier that same day.
However Mr Chowdhury now claims that he didn’t plan to injure anyone and only intended to get himself killed.
Police officers at the scene were said to have thought Mr Chowdhury was drunk when he first pulled up in front of their van.
However, that soon changed when Mr Chowdhury exited the vehicle with a sword and began shouting ‘Allahu Akbar' the court heard.
The Uber driver from Luton denies engaging in conduct in preparation of an act of terrorism and the trial continues.