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King’s College student arrested, alleged to have plotted terrorist attack

A student from King’s College London has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism in connection to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

AU Abroad allows students to directly enroll in KLC for either a semester or full year of study. There are several AU students currently studying at KLC.

“I feel like right now there isn’t enough concrete information provided to the public to determine just how involved these people were,” Jack Foley, a junior at American University studying abroad at KCL, said.

KCL students received an email on Oct. 17 from Ian Creagh, head of administration and college secretary, informing them that Suhaib Majeed, a physics student at KLC, is in custody.

Majeed, 20, appeared in court on Oct. 17 with three other men. They were charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack and alleged to have obtained a handgun with a silencer as a part of their plot to kill police officers and soldiers in London, according to The Guardian.

The men allegedly swore allegiance to the ISIS and have been following instructions from a senior terrorist leader calling for attacks on the US and its allies, according to The Guardian.

“We understand that this information might come as a shock to you and would like to offer support if you need it,” Creagh said in the university-wide email. “Please contact your personal tutor, KCLSU Advice Service, your Student Officers, the King’s Counseling Service, or the King’s Chaplaincy if you would like support.”

According to the email, KCL is working with the Students’ Union and the Metropolitan Police, and will update students via email with more information.

As of 3:15 p.m. on October 18, AU Abroad has not contacted study abroad students at KLC in relation to the terrorist plot or the arrest.

Tori Dalcourt is an AU student studying abroad at King’s College London.

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