Pak-trained Muslims planned ‘9/11 akin plot’ in UK
London: An al Qaeda inspired group of British Muslims, who allegedly received terrorist training in Pakistan, had planned to carry out “another 9/11” attack, causing “mass deaths” in the UK, with about eight suicide bombers, according to a report.
Two of the alleged ringleaders had also made martyrdom videos to be released after they had “blown themselves up”.
The details emerged as a trial of the three accused men, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, began in the UK, and who were described by the prosecution as “the senior members of this home-grown terror cell”, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, in order to raise funds for their terrorist activities, the group’s alleged chief fundraiser, Rahin Ahmed, 28, along with the others tried to generate funds by organizing bogus street collections in Birmingham for a charity, ‘Muslim Aid’ and for a local Islamic school.
However, the group was unable to accumulate the required amount of the money, and therefore, failed to carry out the terror plot.
The three men are accused of attempting to produce home-made bombs in Ashik Ali’s one-bedroom council flat at 23 White Street in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham, the paper said.
Four other men, Naweed Ali, 24, Ishaaq Hussain, 20, Khobaib Hussain, 20, and Shahid Khan, 20, who were accused of the charges, pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorism by travelling to Pakistan in August last year for terrorist training, the paper added.
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