Mother and daughter arrested in all-female terror plot


Three women—including a mother and daughter—have been arrested in Britain for plotting the country’s first all-female terror attack codenamed “English tea party.”

Rizlaine Boular, 21, her mother, Mina Dich (pictured above), 43, and Khawla Barghouthi, 20 allegedly planned to perpetrate a random knife attack on at least one victim in the Westminster area, near the Houses of Parliament.

According to a claim, Boular and her mother, Dich, exchanged coded communications about “recipes” and “cakes” which related to the proposed crime.

Police thwarted the plot when they raided Barghouti’s property in northwest London on April 27.

During the raid, Barghouthi, a nursery volunteer, was arrested and Boular was shot four times. Three days later, Boular was arrested while recovering in the hospital.

Prosecutor Lindsay Weinstein describing the suspects’ alleged coded chats during a Thursday hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. “There were discussions about having an English tea party and a theme. There was a description of cake and a tea party. They said that at that point the recipe was not ready.” Weinstein also noted that knives for the plot were allegedly purchased from a store called Argos.

All of the defendants face charges of conspiracy to murder and engaging in the preparation of a terrorist act. Pleas have not yet been entered in any of their cases.

Boular and Dich appeared in a London court Thursday wearing burkas that covered them entirely. Both were asked to lift their veils to enable the chief magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, to see their eyes.

Boular complied for a moment but Dich reportedly refused. Barghouthi wore a hijab, leaving her face visible for the proceedings.

The women were remanded into custody and will appear in court again on May 19.

See the aftermath of the raid in the video below.


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