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Judge on Birmingham terror ringleader: 'You intended to further the aims of Al Qaida'

Irfan Naseer has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 18 years
Irfan Naseer has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 18 years Credit: ITV News Central

Irfan Naseer's terrorist plot 'had the blessing of al Qaida as he intended to further their aims' the judge has said.

Irfan Naseer has been told he must take sole responsibility for 'sending four young men to Pakistan for terrorism training' by Mr Justice Henriques at London's Woolwich Crown Court.

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Eleven men convicted over terror plot

A total of eleven men from Birmingham are being sentenced today over a terror plot which could have been more devastating than the July 7 attacks.

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali were found guilty of a total of twelve terrorism charges last month.

Four other men were convicted of terrorism offences.

A further four men pleaded guilty after travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training.

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Birmingham terror plot ringleader sentenced to life in prison

by John Willats

The Birmingham ringleader of a terror plot which it is thought could have been bigger than the July 7 attacks has been sentenced to life in prison.

31 year-old Irfan Naseer, who appeared at Woolwich Crown Court, will serve a minimum of 18 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

Irfan Naseer was the leader, driving force and man in charge and he alone must take responsibility for sending four young men to Pakistan for terrorism training.

– Mr Justice Henriques, judge

A total of eleven men from Birmingham are being sentenced today over the plot.

Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali were found guilty of a total of twelve terrorism charges last month.

Four other men were convicted of terrorism offences.

A further four men pleaded guilty after travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training.

Police say terror plot was biggest ever

(Left to right) Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan
(Left to right) Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan Credit: ITV News Central

Police say the terror plot involving two men from Birmingham who've today pleaded guilty, was the biggest the UK mainland has ever seen.

Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan were part of an eleven-strong gang of would-be terrorists who planned to set off rucksack bombs in crowded places.

They're the final two men to be convicted of planning to carry out mass murder on a bigger scale than the 7th July 2005 attacks in London.

Click here to find out how the plotters planned to maim and kill.

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Two Birmingham men plead guilty to terror offences

Two members of a gang who planned atrocities bigger than 7/7 have admitted terrorist offences.

Mohammed Rizwan, 34, and Bahader Ali, 19, both from Sparkbrook in Birmingham, pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism at Woolwich Crown Court today, police said.

Police believe it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.

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Sixteen-year-old admits to owning explosive substances

A 16-year-old boy has admitted to possessing explosive substances and a host of literature, including a book on how to make the explosive Semtex – a homemade C4 bomb.

The boy, who also admitted to owning prohibited images of children, purchased explosive substances – namely sulphur powder and potassium nitrate.

He also admitted possession of numerous books and manuals, of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Material included various terrorism handbooks, military manuals and bomb-making anarchistic literature and diagrams.

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