Thursday, February 21, 2013

21-Feb-13: British "carnage in the name of Allah"

The Birmingham (UK) Mail reports tonight that after a fourteen-week-long trial, 
"three men from Birmingham have been found guilty of planning a massive suicide bombing campaign that would have caused more deaths than the July 7 London bombings... The jihadist group wanted to carry out “another 9/11” and planned to hit crowded public places to cause “mass death” and “carnage in the name of Allah”. No targets or exact date was set for the attack, but the court was told that it would have been even more devastating than the London bombings, which left 52 innocent people dead.
The Times of Israel report of their conviction ["UK court finds 3 guilty in ‘spectacular’ plot aimed at synagogue"] spends a moment addressing an aspect (a Jewish aspect) that gets lost in much of the British media coverage:
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, wanted to carry out “another 9/11” by using eight suicide bombers armed with guns and explosives-filled rucksacks to target “crowded places” in their native city of Birmingham.. In conversations secretly recorded by police, Naseer said that even if the group could not make a bomb, it could “get guns, yeah, from the black geezers, Africans, and charge in some like synagogue or charge in different places...” They recorded martyrdom videos before returning to the UK in 2011, where they recruited Ali and experimented together in building bombs... In addition to 12 counts of preparing acts of terrorism between December 2010 and September 2011, Naseer, Khalid and Ali were convicted of raising money for terrorism and recruiting others for a terror act... Mr. Justice Henriques, has already warned the men they face life in prison. 

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