Three Muslim men who sought martyrdom by becoming suicide bombers and begin a huge campaign of carnage and destruction across the UK have been found guilty of terrorism charges.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, from Birmingham, were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being “central figures” in the plan.
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told the jury: "The police successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005, had it been allowed to run its course.
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."
Police arrested the men in 2011 amid fears their plans were gathering pace.
Detectives believe it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow airliners out of the sky using bombs concealed in soft drinks.
Khalid boasted that the attack was “another 9/11″ as “revenge for everything”.
The three cowards were found guilty of 12 counts of preparing for acts of terrorism between December 2010 and their arrest in September 2011.
The jury were told that Naseer and Khalid had been trained from al-Qaeda members in Pakistan and had recorded chilling martyrdom videos there before returning to the UK.
Having recruited other Muslims, the group posed as charity workers on the streets of Birmingham and collected thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the public.
Mr Justice Henriques told the trio that they will all face life in prison when they are sentenced in April or May.
Addressing Naseer, he said he had been convicted on "overwhelming evidence" and that he will face "a very long minimum term". The judge said: "You are a highly skilled bomb-maker and explosives expert. Your mindset was similarly manifest. You sought to persuade others that a terror plot here in this country was by far preferable to fighting jihad abroad.
"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. It's clear that you were planning a terrorist outrage in Birmingham."
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