Accused al Qaida operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot

NEW YORK - A Pakistani man used a code in which women's names substituted for bomb materials when he would email with al Qaida about a plot to kill hundreds of people in England in 2009, a US prosecutor said on Monday.
Abid Naseer sent an al Qaida operative emails with stilted language about women and a wedding, but the emails were actually about a planned car bombing, prosecutor Zainab Ahmad told jurors at the close of a federal trial in Brooklyn, New York.
The emails contained women's names like Huma and Nadia in place of bomb making materials starting with the same letter, such as hydrogen peroxide and nitrate, she said.
"They're so coded that they're half gibberish," yet they reflected Nasser's intent to carry out an attack on al Qaida's behalf, Ahmad said in her closing argument.
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