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St Paul's bomb plot: IS supporter Safiyya Shaikh pleads guilty

A supporter of the banned Islamic State terror group has admitted plotting to blow herself up in a bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral.Safiyya Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the London landmark and a hotel.The 36-year-old, born Michelle Ramsden, was arrested after asking an undercover police officer to supply bombs.At the Old Bailey the Muslim convert admitted preparing an act of terrorism and will be sentenced in May.Over the two months before her arrest in October 2019, Shaikh built up a relationship with two undercover officers who were posing as a husband and wife extremist team.She messaged one of them via an encrypted social media app.'Bomb under the dome'"I want to kill a lot," she t ...