Luton terror group targeted TA centre

Terror plotters discussed sending a remote controlled toy car carrying a home made bomb under the gates of a Territorial Army centre.

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Gang tried to make bomb from terror manual

The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.

Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.

The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).

Terror gang: Posed significant risk of harm

Syed Farhan Hussain Credit: Metropolitan Police

A terroist gang from Luton who planned to blow up a TA centre using a remote control car have been jailed.

In sentencing Mr Justice Wilkie QC said they posed "a significant risk of serious harm to the public" as he imposed a custodial sentence of least 11 years and three months, with a five-year extension period subject to licence.

The men, all from Luton, had admitted one count of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism between January 1 2011 and April 25 2012 at a hearing on March 1

Umar Arshad Credit: Metropolitan Police
Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed Credit: Metropolitan Police
Zahid Iqbal Credit: Metropolitan Police

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BREAKING: Terror gang jailed

Four men who admitted discussing carrying out a terror attack on a Territorial Army centre in Luton have been jailed.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, and Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, were today given extended prison sentences of 16 years and three months at Woolwich Crown Court for plotting an al-Qaida inspired terror attack in the UK.

Umar Arshad, 24, was jailed for six years and nine months and Syed Farhan Hussain, 22, for five years and three months for their roles in preparing for a terrorist attack.

Four face terror trial sentence

Four men who admitted discussing carrying out a terror attack in the UK using homemade bombs and firearms are due to be sentenced today.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 22, all from Luton, Bedfordshire, considered methods, materials and targets for an attack.

The men, arrested in April last year following a series of raids at their homes, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court, south east London, in March, to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

TA centre targeted by terror group

The TA Centre on Marsh Road, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Territirial Army centre in Luton was the planned target for a terror group. Four men have admitted engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.

The group talked about blowing up a truck Credit: ITV News Anglia
The terror group planned to target the gates Credit: ITV News Anglia

Terror group plotted attack using a bomb and a toy car

A court heard today that a terror group from Luton plotted to send a remote controlled toy car carrying a home made bomb under the gates of a Territorial Army centre.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, and Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, spoke about making the bomb using instructions in an al Qaida manual.

The manual was entitled "make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef".

Woolwich Crown Court was played covert recordings of the pair in which Iqbal suggests attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to the TA centre.

The court heard that Iqbal told Ahmed: "I was looking and drove past like the TA centre on Marsh Road. At the bottom of their gate there's quite a big gap."

"If you had a little toy car it drives underneath one of their vehicles or something."

Four men have admitted terror charges.

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Luton terror group set for sentencing

Guilty of terror charges: Zahid Iqbal, 31 Credit: Metropolitan Police

Four Luton men could be sentenced today after admitting discussing carrying out a terror attack in the UK.

Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21, considered methods, materials and targets for an attack.

Guilty of terror charges: Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25 Credit: Metropolitan Police

The men were arrested following a series of raids in April last year. They pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge at Woolwich Crown Court.

The four men downloaded computer files containing practical instruction for an attack, and collected funds for terrorist purposes.

Guilty of terror charges: Umar Arshad, 24 Credit: Metropolitan Police

They also admitted facilitating, planning and encouraging travel overseas, as well as organising, encouraging and participating in physical training, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorist Act 2006.

The offences took place between January 2011 and April last year.

Guilty of terror charges: Syed Farhan Hussain, 21 Credit: Metropolitan Police
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