Man who planned to bomb Elton John concert sentenced to life

A British man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for planning a bomb attack in central London.

Haroon Syed, 19, pleaded guilty in April to acts of terrorism, including trying to acquire a machine gun, handguns, suicide vest and bomb, but could not get funding through loans.

Instead, he tried to buy a bomb packed with nails to detonate on Oxford Street in London, according to Metropolitan police.

In April 2016, Syed told an undercover officer of his plan to detonate the bomb.

“Two things. Number one, machine gun and we need someone who can make a vest you know the dugma (button) one,” he told the undercover officer, according to BBC.

“So after some damage with machine gun then do itishadi (martyrdom) … that’s what I’m planning to do.”

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Syed eyed a Sept. 11, 2016, Elton John concert in central London as a possible target.

(Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Web results on Syed’s computer showed searches for ISIS propaganda, bomb making guides and “what appear to be articles justifying the killing of women and children,” according to the police.

He also reportedly searched for possible locations, including an Elton John concert in Hyde Park on Sept. 11, 2016.

Syed pleaded guilty on April 27 and was sentenced Monday to life in prison.

He will be eligible for parole after 16.5 years.

Syed’s sentencing comes barely a month after a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killed 22 people.

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