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How the terrorists planned to fund their deadly attack

The men posed as collectors for charity Muslim Aid Photo: ITV Central

The men convicted today for planning terrorist attrocities raised the money needed for their campaign, by deceiving their own community.

In 2011 they had taken to the streets of Birmingham with Muslim Aid charity buckets, during the holy month of Ramadan, collecting more than £13,000.

They dressed in Muslim Aid T-shirts and appeared to be legitimate street collectors, but they were not.

It was a bogus operation, fraudulently raising money to fund their terrorist plot.

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Mujahid Hussain collecting on Stratford Road on 5/8/2011 Credit: West Midlands Police
Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Rahin Ahmed street collecting Credit: West Midlands Police
Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali street collecting Credit: West Midlands Police
Muslim Aid collection boxes and coins found at Ashik Ali’s flat Credit: West Midlands Police

Rahin Ahmed, who has already pleaded guilty, had previously worked as a volunteer for the charity.

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