Four Britons jailed for al-Qaida inspired bomb plot

By REUTERS
April 18, 2013 18:41




LONDON - Four Britons were jailed on Thursday for plotting al-Qaida inspired bombings across the country, including an attack on an army base using a remote-controlled toy car packed with explosives which they planned to drive under the gates.

Prosecutors said the men, who were captured after an operation involving London's Counter Terrorism Command and the MI5 domestic spy agency, were "dangerous and committed terrorists".

Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain, from Luton, north of London, had all pleaded guilty last month to preparing for acts of terrorism.

Prosecutors said Iqbal was a "terrorist facilitator" who arranged for people, including Ahmed, to travel to Pakistan for extremist purposes.

Meanwhile Ahmed, who with others also underwent training in the Snowdonia mountainous region of North Wales, had recruited Arshad and Hussain.


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