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LONDON – Four men inspired by al-Qaida have admitted to planning a terrorist
attack on the London Stock Exchange and the homes of two London rabbis, whose
details have not been published.
Mohammed Chowdhury, 21; Shah Rahman, 28;
Gurukanth Desai, 30; and Abdul Miah, 25, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court
in London on Wednesday. Five other men pleaded guilty to other terrorist
All will be sentenced next week.
They were arrested in
December 2010 in a large-scale anti-terror raid by police. It emerged that those
who admitted to the London Stock Exchange plot also discussed sending five mail
bombs to various targets during the run-up to Christmas 2010, and launching a
The terror attack was stopped before any attack
dates were set or any homemade bombs were produced.
A handwritten target
list was discovered at the home of one of the men. It listed the names and
addresses of London Mayor Boris Johnson and two rabbis, as well as addresses of
the US Embassy and the London Stock Exchange.
It has emerged that the
terrorists, who are all British nationals, were inspired by the preaching of the
recently-killed radical extremist and Yemeni cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki. He was
also said to have inspired Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the former University of
London student who allegedly attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airline in
The court heard on Wednesday that Chowdhury, the ringleader, and
Rahman were seen by undercover detectives in November 2010 observing London’s
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster. In one
police surveillance recording, the men are heard denying the
They both admitted to plotting acts of terrorism by conspiring
to plant an improvised explosive device in the toilets of the London Stock
Andrew Edis, acting for the prosecution, said the men were
“implementing the published strategy of AQAP [al- Qaida in the Arabian