LONDON: Three British Muslim men were found guilty yesterday of planning a string of bombings that prosecutors said could have been deadlier than the July 7, 2005, attacks on London’s transport network.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, were convicted of being ‘central figures’ in an Islamist extremist plot to set off eight rucksack bombs and possibly other timed devices in crowded areas.
Despite a series of bungles by the conspirators, police said it was the most significant terror plan uncovered in Britain since the 2006 plot to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs in drinks bottles.
Two of the men — Naseer and Khalid — travelled to Pakistan for terror training while Naseer also helped others to travel to the country for the same purpose, the court heard.
In Britain’s deadliest ever suicide bombing, three Islamist attackers blew themselves up on London’s subway system and another on a bus on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people.