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It is believed that the two jihadists were convinced to change their plans because Raza believed that Ireland would suit Isis's cause better as a logistics base and somewhere to carry out internet frauds to raise funds.

The Sunday Independent is aware of the woman's identity and the companies where she was registered as a director.

However, the Sunday Independent can reveal for the first time today that it could have been Dublin, not London, that was hit by an Islamic terror attack.

Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane, who together with a third accomplice, were shot dead by police during the London Bridge attack carried out reconnaissance two years ago on a number of high-profile locations in Dublin that they had identified as potential targets.

The Renault van crashed on Borough High Street and the three occupants - all armed with kitchen knives strapped to their arms - ran into nearby Stoney Street and stabbed four people who were in and around the Borough Bistro pub.

The stabbing rampage continued as bystanders bravely hurled chairs and tables at the attackers who witnesses said were shouting: "This is for Allah." A number of other people were stabbed in what was a classic marauding terror attack.

The Sunday Independent can reveal that 'Raza' is also wanted by gardai in connection with a €2.8m internet fraud from an Irish company last year.