Court hears of "suicide bombers ready to take on England"

All three men were arrested in Birmingham last September Photo: West Midlands Police

The jury in the trial of three men from Birmingham accused of planning a bomb attack in the UK have been told that one of the men had described the group as “suicide bombers ready to take on England.”

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali deny between them a total of twelve terrorism charges and are on trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Outlining the case against the men for a third day, prosecutor Brian Altman QC read transcripts of conversations recorded by counter terrorism police during a three month surveillance operation.

He told the jury that during a conversation in a VW Passat Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid, Ashik Ali and his brother were heard discussing cars and racing when Irfan Khalid made the remark:

_ “It’s the four suicide bombers driving around ready to take on England. Oh my God…take them out. “_

The jury has also been read a conversation which the prosecution claims proves beyond doubt that the three defendants were planning a suicide attack. The jury was told that they were heard talking about what would become of their remains after they had martyred themselves. Irfan Khalid asked:

“Is there any graveyards apart from Handsworth round here?_ I’m just thinking... most likely it’ll be Handsworth, if there’s a body left.”_

Irfan Naseer replied:

“Remember, once that once you done, it doesn’t matter where you get buried.”

The trial continues, and is expected to last until January.