Terrorist Plot To Blown Up Transatlantic Planes With Homemade Liquid Bombs

                                            

The eight accused            

    A gang of British Muslims planned to blow up seven planes within hours in the biggest terrorist atrocity since 9/11, a London court heard yesterday. Two thousand passengers would have died in the plot by eight fanatics working “in the name of Islam”, the jury was told. It could have involved up to 18 suicide bombers. And they were almost ready to strike. 

The jets they targeted would all have been bound from  Heathrow to cities in the U.S. and Canada, the jury  heard.

Peter Wright, QC, opening the prosecution case against eight men accused of the plot, said that the attacks would have had “a truly global impact”.

The seven aircraft were destined for six American and Canadian cities: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.

The court heard that at the time of the arrests, the bombers were “almost ready to put their plot into practice”.

Police found a USB computer memory stick in Ali’s pocket{top row;third from left} which held information on flight timetables and security advice on restricted items for hand luggage and other information about Heathrow Airport.

All the flight details saved on the stick were for outbound flights only and not return trips.

It listed United Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines flights to Toronto, Montreal, San Francisco, Washington and New York, all leaving from Terminal 3 at Heathrow.

The planes targeted were 777, 767 and 763 jets which could carry between 241 and 285 passengers. All the scheduled flights left Heathrow within little more than two and a half hours of each other between 2.15pm and 4.50pm.

     

Liquid bomb plot tail fins 

The plotters’ main interest was with flights leaving between August and October 2006.

Ali, 27, the mastermind behind the plot and married with a young son had a pocket notebook in which a “blueprint” for making the bombs and carrying out the plot was written.

The eight British Muslims citizens on trial at Woolwich Crown Court are Abdullah Ahmad Ali, 27, Assad Sarwar, 27, Tanvir Hussain, 27, Mohammed Gulzar, 26, Ibrahim Savant, 27, Arafat Khan, 26, Waheed Zaman, 23, and Umar Islam, 29. All are charged with conspiracy to murder.

They are also accused of plotting “to commit an act of violence likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft”.

The alleged plot involved homemade liquid explosives, hydrogen peroxide-based mixtures, hidden in soft drink bottles. The devices would have been put together on board and detonated when the planes were in mid-air, Wright said.

Further reading – timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3672067.ece

                               nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10502072 

                               dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?  in_article_id=555465&in_page_id=1770&ct=5

                              news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1311699,00.html

                              

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