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).
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
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 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.