British man admits plotting bombings in US and UK

October 12, 2006 16:33

A British man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to bomb high-profile targets in the United States including the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington and the New York Stock Exchange. "I plead guilty," Dhiran Barot, 32, said in a clear voice at Woolwich Crown Court. Prosecutors said the plot, foiled by Barot's arrest in 2004, involved Britain and the United States. Other alleged targets included the World Bank headquarters in Washington, the Citigroup building in New York and the Prudential building in Newark, New Jersey. Prosecutor Edward Lawson said Barot planned "to carry out explosions at those premises with no warning. They were plainly designed to kill as may people as possible." In Britain, Barot planned to pack gas cylinders into limousines and detonate them in underground parking garages, Law said. He said another plot involved the use of radioactive material in a rudimentary dirty bomb that would, cause "injury, fear, terror and chaos" although it was unlikely to kill anyone. Judge Neil Butterfield deferred sentencing of Barot but did not announce a date.

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