Leeds hospital patient averted potential bombing by befriending attacker, court hears

A man who averted a potential bombing by befriending the attacker told a 999 call handler “he was about to kill a lot of people”, a court has heard.

Mohammed Farooq, 28, who is accused of planning a terror attack at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, was “agitated” when Nathan Newby spotted him in the early hours of 20 January.

Mr Newby asked him if he was “alright” and then proceeded to talk to him for five hours, Sheffield Crown Court heard in a police interview with him.

During what Mr Newby described as “totally normal chat”, Farooq allegedly said he wanted to exact revenge on the hospital.

Farooq told him: “They’ve stabbed me in the back they’ve fd me over. He wanted to get them back – basically they had fd his life up.”

Read more: Sky News (UK)