London man pleads guilty to planning to commit terrorist attacks

A London man pleaded guilty Tuesday to planning to fly to Pakistan to carry out terrorist attacks. Sohail Qureshi, 29, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in October 2006 as he prepared to fly to Islamabad, carrying thousands of pounds in cash, medical supplies, a night-vision scope, camping equipment and computer documents including the "Mujahideen Poison Handbook." He is the first person to be convicted of "preparing for terrorism," a new offense that came into effect in 2006. Qureshi pleaded guilty to the charge at London's Central Criminal Court. He also pleaded guilty to possessing an article for a terrorist purpose and possessing a record likely to be useful in terrorism.