This proves something I have long suspected. That in the Islamic faith, a fetus isn’t considered viable until it blows itself up across a room full of people.
- Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, wanted ‘revenge for 9/11’
- The terror cell raised funds by posing as bogus charity workers
- Plotted ‘spectacular campaign’ from dirty Birmingham headquarters
- Ringleaders spent years travelling to Pakistan for ‘terror training’
- Police discovered explosive in Midlands when plan was at advanced stage
PUBLISHED: 13:06 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 21 February 2013
Three men have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack to rival 9/11 or the July 7 Tube bombings by packing eight rucksacks with explosives to cause mass casualties.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, were today convicted of plotting the ‘spectacular campaign’ designed to claim as many lives as the 2005 London Underground bombs that killed 52 innocent people.
They were ‘central figures’ in an Islamic extremist plot to set off bombs and possibly other devices on timers in crowded areas in Britain.
Judge Justice Henriques said: ‘You were seeking to recruit a team of suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11’.