LONDON - Three British Islamists were jailed on Friday for planning mass suicide attacks that had the blessing of al-Qaida and which prosecutors said could have been as deadly as the 2005 London bombings.
A fourth man, their associate, was sentenced for terrorist financing.
With the help of others, the three plotters had intended to detonate eight rucksack bombs in a mass attack and possibly use timers to set off other devices in crowded places. They had also considered welding knife blades to a truck and ramming it into a crowd of people, prosecutors said.
They said that although the targets remained unidentified, the intent was to create an attack more devastating than the four suicide bombings on London's transport system on July 7, 2005 which killed 52 people on underground trains and a bus.