Two Birmingham men admit planning terror attack bigger than 7/7 bombings


10/Apr/2013
Source: birminghammail.co.uk

Police believe it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners.

 Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan
Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan
Two members of a Birmingham gang who planned atrocities bigger than July 7 have admitted terrorist offences.

Mohammed Rizwan, 34, and Bahader Ali, 29, both from Sparkbrook, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday (April 10).

They were members of a gang led by Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 28, and Ashik Ali, 28, all from Birmingham, who were convicted in February.

Police believe it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.

The gang had planned to set off up to eight rucksack bombs and possibly other devices in crowded places. Khalid even boasted that their plan could be “another 9/11”.

He, Naseer and Ashik Ali were all warned that they face life sentences for the plot.

Six other men, who are also from Birmingham, had already admitted terror offences.

They are Rahin Ahmed, 26, from Moseley, Mujahid Hussain, 21, from Yardley, Naweed Ali, 25, Ishaaq Hussain, 21, Khobaib Hussain, 21, and Shahid Khan, 21, all from Sparkhill.

All 11 are due to be sentenced later this month.

Link: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/two-birmingham-men-admit-planning-2577525