A Birmingham based Muslim terrorist cell of 11 men and 1 woman plotted the slaughter of innocent people on British soil with a series of suicide bombs claiming they would do a better job than the 7/7 bombers did. Make no mistake about it,this group of hate filled Muslim extremists were deadly serious about bringing their warped jihadist ideas to British soil. Killing innocent men,women and children for the simple reason of being non Muslims in Britain. Some of the evil group had been to Pakistan learning how to use weapons, how to make bombs and poisons, and made suicide videos while they were there. If it wasn’t for the anti terrorist police doing a good job and arresting this scum in time, it could be anyone of us Brits sat here now having lost a loved one to the heinous acts of this vermin in the name of Allah and Islam “the religion of peace”
‘July 7 attackers didn’t do a good enough job': Terror suspects caught on tape saying suicide-bombers should have used nail bombs to inflict more damage
- One man from Birmingham claimed the attack would be another 9/11
- Suspects ‘received training in Pakistan on how to use weapons, how to make bombs and poisons, and made suicide videos while they were there’
- Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khaild ‘bragged about making martydom videos’
- Men ‘posed as bogus charity collectors to raise money for training in terror’
- ‘Defendants proposing to detonate bombs in crowded areas to cause mass deaths and casualties’, says prosecutor at Woolwich Crown Court
By LARISA BROWN
Three terror suspects masterminded a plot to detonate eight suicide bombs after one of the extremists claimed 7/7 attackers did not do a good enough job, a court has heard.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, are accused of being ‘central figures’ in an extremist home-grown terror cell in an atrocity that could have been worse than July 7 attacks.
They posed as bogus charity collectors to raise money for training in terrorism in Pakistan, where they learned how to use weapons and make improvised explosive devices, it is alleged.
Speaking at Woolwich Crown Court, prosecutor Brian Altman QC said: ‘The police successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005 had it been allowed to run its course.
‘The defendants were proposing to detonate up to eight rucksack bombs in a suicide attack and/or to detonate bombs on timers in crowded areas in order to cause mass deaths and casualties.
‘One of them was even to boast the plan would be another 9/11.’
The court heard that Naseer was recorded saying the July 7 attackers did not do a good enough job because they did not use nail bombs.
Mr Altman said: ‘Naseer was recorded agreeing with Mohammed Rizwan that July 7 had gone a bit wrong, really that the London bombers had not done more damage because they had failed to put nails on or in their bombs.
‘They hadn’t done it well enough by not attaching shrapnel to the bombs that they exploded in London on that fatal day in 2005.’
All the men are accused of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, which they deny.
Naseer is accused of five counts of the offence, Khalid four and Ali three, all between Christmas Day 2010 and September 19 2011, jurors at Woolwich Crown Court were told.
For Nasser, from Sparkhill, Khalid, from Sparkbrook, and Ali, from Balsall Heath, all in Birmingham, this is alleged to have included planning a bombing campaign, collecting money for terrorism and recruiting others for terrorism.
Nasser and Khalid are also accused of travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism, and it is alleged that Naseer also helped others to travel to the country for the same purpose.
While in Pakistan, Naseer and Khalid received training in how to use weapons and how to make bombs and poisons, and made suicide videos while they were there, it is alleged.
They returned to the UK in July 2011, and it is claimed the group then began trying to make home-made bombs, using a council flat in Sparkbrook as a makeshift bomb factory.
They are alleged to have planned a series of explosions at unknown targets across the UK from December 25, 2010 to September 19 last year.
In total, 11 men of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were arrested over the alleged plot, and one woman.
Mr Altman told the jury that the three defendants were ‘central figures’ in the plan, and that they are ‘jihadists’. He called the trio ‘senior members of a home-grown terror cell’.
He said: ‘These three defendants were the central figures in the plot, two of whom had travelled to Pakistan for training in terrorism and they sought to share and spread their knowledge on their return to this country.
‘The defendants are jihadist, extremists influenced by the lectures of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US born extremist of Yemeni descent.
‘Al-Awlaki was killed on September 30 last year by a drone strike just 12 days after these three were arrested.’
As well as taking part in terror training themselves, they also recruited others for their jihad, the court heard.
Naseer has a degree in pharmacy and it is alleged that this knowledge helped the plotters to try to make explosives.
Mr Altman said: ‘It was Naseer’s knowledge of chemistry, together with his training as a terrorist in Pakistan, that allowed the defendants to experiment in preparing an explosive mixture with a view to constructing a home-made explosive device.’
Naseer, Khalid and Ali are also said to have worked with law graduate Rahin Ahmed, 26, and others to fraudulently collect money for terrorism.
They told locals in Birmingham they were collecting for Muslim Aid and a local Madrassah, a Muslim learning centre, as they pocketed £14,500.
But the two causes received only a fraction of the money they had collected, prosecutors say, while the rest was intended to fund the attack plan.
Mr Altman said they were ‘despicably stealing money from their own community donated to charity’.
The gang tried to raise further funds by gambling the cash they raised from their bogus charity collections through a currency trading company.
But the bungling gang lost £9,000 of their £14,500 stake they wagered through online firm Forex.
Mr Altman told the court the trio also tried to recruit Mujahid Hussain, 21 Mohammed Rizwan, 31, and Ali’s older brother, Bahader, 29 to their cause.
Warehouse workers, Shaaq Hussain, 20, and Khobaib Hussain, 20, along with Shahid Khan, 21, a law student at the University of Wolverhampton, and unemployed Naweed Ali, 24, were enlisted to travel to Pakistan so they too could attend a terror training camp.
Dubbed the ‘four travellers’, they have all admitted their part in the terror plot – despite the fact they never got to take part in any training.
The trio were arrested by police after covert probes caught them talking about their plot as they were heating chemicals in Ali’s home.
Naseer was heard drawing a list up of what they needed along with chemical formulii for bomb-making.
Naseer and Khalid also bragged about making martydom videos in Pakistan, with Naseer at one point allegedly recounting their last words to the others.
Mr Altman told the jury the three defendants had chosen to be terrorists.
‘Each of the defendants made the deliberate decision to become a terrorist, following, what they believed to be the right path dictated by their extreme religious and ideological beliefs.
‘Naseer and Khalid had made so-called martyrdom videos whilst at a training camp in Pakistan, which remained behind in readiness for their own death.
‘In them, as they were later to boast, recorded their reasons for committing the acts of terror they were to develop on their return to the UK. which would have been broadcast, had they blown themselves up, or been killed and killed others with them.’
Mr Altman told the jury Ahmed had pleaded guilty to collecting and managing the money.
‘The three defendants original intention had been to bring Rahin Ahmed in on what they planned to do.
‘However, having lost a greater part of the charity money collected on the streets of Birmingham, by unwise and incompetent commodities trading in Forex, money the defendants considered theirs, they regarded Ahmed as having broken their trust and so they cast him adrift.’
Mr Altman added that Naseer considered the money lost his and ordered Ahmed to take out loans and sell his Honda Civic in order to repay the cash lost.
The jury were told that the ‘four travellers’ Shaaq Hussain, Khobaib Hussain, Shahid Khan and Naweed Ali, as well as the fundraiser Mujahid Hussain, have all pleaded guilty.
Mohammed Rizwan, and Ali’s older brother Bahader all deny their involvement with the terror cell.
Naseer denies five counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
Khalid denies four counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and Ali denies three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
Ali’s estranged wife, Salma Kabal, 23, is accused of knowing of her husband’s terrorist intentions but failing to disclose them to the authorities. She will be tried at a later date.
The trial continues.