Islamist extremist jailed for terror offences after threatening to kill police officers. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A NORTH London man who threatened to kill police officers has been jailed for two years and four months for terror offences.

Mohammed Hamza Ghani, of Barnet, was arrested in January after he phoned the anti-terrorist hotline to “claim he would kill people or police officers.”

When officers arrived at his home, they found copies of terrorist magazines and electronic devices containing propaganda material.

When questioned, Ghani said he found the material “entertaining and informative.”

Ghani’s USB and laptop contained terrorist publications, featuring “horrendous articles about how to make different types of bombs, where to carry out terrorist attacks and how to assassinate people,” commander Clarke Jarrett, head of the Metropolitan Police counterterror command, was quoted as saying.

Commander Jarrett added: “The material Ghani downloaded is not ‘entertaining and informative’ as he stated, but is toxic, hate-filled and in the wrong hands would provide a person with sufficient knowledge to carry out an attack.

“We take the downloading of this material incredibly seriously and have a team of digital experts working to identify those viewing and sharing this kind of material, so that we can bring them to face justice just as we have done with Ghani.”

According to reports, Ghani was already known to authorities as he was undergoing the Channel intervention programme, having previously expressed extremist views.

The programme provides support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.