Three Muslim terrorists, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, intended to mount EIGHT suicide bombings and poison attacks as Britain prepared to hold the Olympics.
The SUN 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. Khalid even boasted that the outrage was “another 9/11” as “revenge for everything.”
During their trial at Woolwich Crown Court, the jury heard how the men – who referred to themselves as the Four Lions from the spoof comedy – plotted a number of terrorist attacks. They even planned on welding blades to a truck and driving it into people. But the plot was exposed after the gang made a series of disastrous mistakes.
The court heard how the men had raised £12,000 for to fund the attack but then lost £9,000 playing the currency markets forcing them to turn to payday loans. In surveillance recordings, Naseer was heard talking about the possibility of mixing poison into CREAMS and smearing them on car handles to cause mass deaths. Naseer was found guilty of five counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, Khalid four, and Ali three, all between Christmas Day 2010 and September 19 2011.
For Naseer, from Sparkhill, Khalid, from Sparkbrook, and Ali, from Balsall Heath, this included planning a bombing campaign, collecting money for terrorism and recruiting others for terrorism. Naseer and Khalid also travelled to Pakistan for training, and Naseer helped others travel to the country for the same purpose.
“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.”
Naseer and Khalid both travelled to terrorist training camps in Pakistan between 2009 and 2011 to learn about bomb-making, poisons and firearms. After they returned to the UK, the group tried to fund the plot by posing as Muslim Aid charity street collectors, duping legitimate supporters into giving them money.
They will all face life in prison when they are sentenced in April or May.
Six other men had already pleaded guilty to terror offences in relation to the plot.
The six that have admitted terror offences, who are also from Birmingham, are Mr Ahmed 26, from Moseley; Mujahid Hussain, 21, from Yardley; Naweed Ali, 25, Ishaaq Hussain, 21, Khobaib Hussain, 22, and Shahid Khan, 21, all from Sparkhill.