Cardiff terrorism: How teenager planned to attack city

March 5, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Lloyd Gunton, a 17 years old boy was on trial for plotting mass murder and a terrorism act in Cardiff.  He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 11 years for planning an Islamic State-inspired vehicle attack in Cardiff. With the use of this security solution, the trial would have been simplified.

The boy was radicalized online and was planning a lone wolf attack in the name of Islam. As a consequence, he was arrested “within hours of committing an act of atrocity on the streets of Cardiff”.

The boy started to promote jihad and supporting Al-Qaeda through photo material shared on Instagram. He published images of terrorists, as well as pictures of the so-called Islamic State flag, and photos encouraging a terrorist attack in Cardiff. As it follows, this attracted the police’s attention. Law enforcement swooped on his home and seized his mobile phone and laptop.

In addition, the police found other incriminating evidence that tied him to the Islam movement. On his phone, officers found a YouTube video of the documentary “British Islamic Extremists” playing. This video includes clips of people praising those who carry out terrorist attacks. Moreover, they also found two copies of an IS propaganda magazine. The magazines gave instructions on how to carry a terrorist attack. A search of the teenager’s bedroom uncovered his school rucksack containing a large kitchen knife and a hammer. There was also a martyrdom letter – claiming Gunton was an IS soldier and had attacked Cardiff in Allah’s name.

Concerned that Gunton was plotting to carry out an attack in Cardiff, he was taken to a police station for immediate questioning. He told the police he had been talking for a week with a man called “Al Baghadi” on Instagram; this man told him we would go to hell for not believing in Islam. In addition, Gunton also declared that the “Al Baghadi” instructed him to research IS and a propaganda magazine and was told he needed to kill people in an act of terrorism if he wanted to go to paradise. He also accepted he had put the hammer and knife in his bag, but claimed he had not intended to attack anyone.

Despite his claims he had only been discussing terrorism online for about a week, counter-terrorism officers were able to prove otherwise. Therefore, they uncovered in his internet searches a great interest in terrorism; moreover, the boy had searched IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s name eight months before his arrest. The court heard he also researched possible target sites in Cardiff. Later, he looked up security arrangements for singer Justin Bieber’s concert at the Principality Stadium on 30 June – and was arrested later the same day.

Despite declaring that “he never wanted to fight for IS” and that he “always had an anti-terrorism view”, the court still found him guilty.




The rise in terrorist attacks is a fundamental problem that touches all countries in the world and has spread like poison. ISIS is on the rise, recruiting more and more believers in Islam. Today, a large part of these believers get recruited through Social Media. Terrorist recruit these young people by playing on their insecurities. They take advantage of their confusion and make them want to be a part of an adult, but a criminal world.

In addition to this challenge, intelligence agencies face other problems as well. The technological means at their disposal are limited; moreover, they’re time and money consuming. Even more so, they provide limited evidence. For example, a polygraph test only detects if the suspect is telling a lie. Just the same, a DNA test only places a suspect at a crime scene. Unfortunately, these means are almost never efficient in gaining intelligence before a criminal act occurs. And because of this, many times, cases are dropped for insufficient evidence.

Lloyd Gunton is just one example of the world’s terrorist ecosystem. Terrorists recruit more and more teenagers and youngsters to carry out their criminal missions. When expanded, this threat affects citizens and national borders just the same. Recruited believers get instructed to also recruit further. As a consequence, more and more young people get exposed to Islam messages among their day to day circle of people.

With this in mind, nations need to upgrade their current security solutions and innovate their methods of investigation and interrogation.




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This innovative solution could have aided the Cardiff police in their investigations successfully. Even more important, evidence collected through this test could have aided in the trial more efficient. By interrogating the suspect with the use of iCognative, the authorities would have been able to obtain even more intelligence. iCognative is designed to gain information from a suspect’s brain based on infallible algorithms and proprietary technologies.  The test is easy to perform by an intelligence examiner. Its unique architecture makes it 99% accurate as it is based on a brain involuntary response called P300. A patented wireless headset equipped with EEG sensors would have been put on Lloyd Gunton’s head. Since the authorities found so much evidence, they stand for use as stimuli.

The two collected magazines with terrorism instructions, along with a video of the documentary “British Islamic Extremists” could have been shown to him as stimuli. In addition, the intelligence examiner could have used pictures or video showing terrorist acts committed in the name of Allah. The brain’s response to this evidence can tell the examiner what connection the suspect had to ISIS. In addition, it could have shed light on his true intentions. Pictures of the large kitchen knife and the hammer would have also been relevant in the test. The brain’s response to seeing them could have shed more light on the boy’s intention with them.

To sum up, law enforcement can easily verify close to 99.9% statistical confidence the suspect’s association using all the evidence found at the boy’s home as stimuli in a iCognative test. In the weeks before he was detained, his online searches included, “IS vehicle ramming”, “how to hijack a truck” and “17-year-old Jihad”, while his mobile phone contained images of the truck attacks in Nice and Berlin. Materials showcasing the subject of the search can also successfully stand as stimuli in the test, All this could have proven the boy’s affinity with the terrorist discipline.

At the end of the 45 minutes test, the examiner collects the brain responses to the stimuli and the system analyses them. In Lloyd Gunton’s case, the analysis would have shown his terrorist intentions, making the conviction easier and clearer. Furthermore, this innovative investigation method could have discovered if the boy had recruited more believers or if he was planning other terrorist acts at the moment of his arrest.

This proves that iCognative is a necessary security solution in today’s world. With its aid, investigation agencies can increase the number of scanned suspects, in a time and money efficient matter.