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Calm, kind and brave… watch the moment hero patient stands up to armed terrorist ready to bomb Leeds hospital

Calm, kind and brave… watch the moment hero patient stands up to armed terrorist ready to bomb Leeds hospital

Incredible footage shows the moment a hero who saved the lives of countless NHS staff and patients calmly fought off an armed terrorist who was ready to bomb a hospital in Leeds.

Nathan Newby was outside St James’s Hospital in Leeds in the early hours of January 20, smoking a cigarette when he encountered Mohammad Farooq as he prepared to detonate the pressure cooker bomb he had made.




Footage released by Counter Terrorism Policing North East shows Mr Newby – who was a patient at the hospital at the time – asking Farooq: “What were your intentions then?”

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He adds, “If I hadn’t bumped into you, what were your intentions?”

Farooq can be heard in the footage saying: “Letting that happen in there… I would have done it in the kitchen.” Mr Newby then asks: “Why do you think that’s acceptable?” To which Farooq replies: “I don’t know, I’ve had enough.”


Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court took just two hours on Tuesday to find Farooq guilty of preparing an act of terrorism at the hospital. He had previously admitted firearms offences, possession of an explosive substance with intent and possession of a document likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism.

Farooq inside St James’s Hospital(Image: Northeast Anti-Terrorism Policing)

Opening the trial in June, prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said Farooq had become involved in “extremist Islamic ideology” and had gone to the hospital to “seek his own martyrdom” through a “murderous terrorist attack”.