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Latest on the Birmingham bomb plot trial

One of three men from Birmingham charged with planning a suicide bombing attack has told a jury he pretended to be a terrorist as a defence

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Birmingham "bomb plotters" trial: latest

by John Willats

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid had started formulating the bomb plot after returning from two visits to Pakistan where they had learned how to make bombs and use poisons.

He told the jury that both men had made martyrdom videos in Pakistan which would have been broadcast if the had blown themselves up, to justify the "trail of destruction".

The men are accused of using Ashik Ali's flat in Birmingham as a 'safe house', to research and experiment with chemicals to make home made bombs and IEDs.

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Trial of three accused of bomb plot begins

The trial has started of three men from Birmingham accused of plotting a suicide bombing campaign in the UK.

31-year-old Irfan Naseer from Sparkhill, 27 year old Irfan Khalid from Sparkbrook and 27 year old Ashik Ali from Balsall Heath were arrested in Birmingham last September.

They were described in court as senior members of a "home grown terror cell".

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