Three men in a Birmingham-based terror cell have been convicted of plotting to carry out terror tacks in the UK.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, had been planning to detonate between eight to ten suicide bombs and timed explosives in Birmingham, that according to prosecution could have caused, "death and injury on a massive scale".
According to The Economist, the three men posed as collectors for the charity Muslim Aid to trick the public into donating to their cause.
Speaking to Irfan Naseer, the sentencing judge said, "The scale and extent of your ambition was similarly manifest. You were seeking to recruit a team of somewhere between six and eight suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11."
The Economist reports that the potential suicide bombers were part of a number of extremists in the UK who had been coached by the magazine, Inspire, an al-Qaida produced self-help guide published on Internet forums to reach out to potential terrorists.
by RTT Staff Writer
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