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Day three: "Bomb plotter trial"

The three men on trial Photo: ITV Central

A jury has been told three Birmingham men had detailed conversations about how to make bombs, and how much explosive could fit into a rucksack.

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali are on trial at Woolwich Crown Court accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack in the UK on a potentially greater scale than 7/7.

Continuing to outline the prosecution’s case against the men, Brain Altman QC told the jury this afternoon that on 16th September last year the defendants’ alleged terrorism plot started to intensify.

The jury was told that the three men discussed how much explosive could be carried in a rucksack. The men are alleged to have talked about the making of bombs, discussing the planned purchase of a sports injury cold pack which they believed could be used to make a home made bomb.

The jury was told their discussions included fertiliser, ammonium nitrate, detonators, formulas, quantities, ice packs and alarm clocks.

The prosecution also say that the men had planed to open a “dawah” centre, an Islamic shop, in Birmingham. The prosecution claim the centre was planned to provide them with “a cloak of respectability to continue their attack planning.”

The three men deny between them a total of 12 terrorism charges.

The trial continues.

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