Brit police reveal terror plot to attack Queen, royal family

August 19th, 2008 - 1:23 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug.19 (ANI): A terror cell caught with details of bomb making and suicide vests may have been plotting to attack Queen Elizabeth and members of the Royal family.
According to The Telegraph, the cell, which included Britain’’s youngest ever terrorist; was found with information about the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh along with the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
Also on the list were Princess Michael of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Aabid Hussain Khan, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, had compiled pictures, maps and details of the opening hours of official residences from information available on the Internet.
There were also details of London landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the underground as well as the New York and Washington metros and a home made video of the Washington Memorial and World Bank in the US.
A counter-terrorism source said: ” We would be foolish to rule out the fact that they may have been planning an attack.”
Detective Chief Superintendent John Parkinson, Head of the Counter Terrorism Unit in Leeds, said: “Let there be no doubt, these are dangerous individuals. These men were not simply in possession of material which expressed extremist views. They were also in possession of material that was operationally useful to anyone wishing to carry out an act of violence or terrorism.”
Khan, 23, was yesterday convicted of three counts of possessing articles for terrorism but the jury was not told he was part of a network of international terrorists in Europe and North America.
It can now be revealed that Khan was closely connected to the alleged leader of a group of men currently awaiting trial for plotting an attack.
Khan, using the name Ocean Blue, was also in regular contact with an aspiring suicide bomber in Edinburgh, Mohammed Atif Siddique.
He had also communicated regularly with three terrorists who ran websites for Al-Qaeda in Iraq from London and Kent.
Khan groomed Hammaad Munshi, then 15, the grandson of the head of a sharia court in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Munshi, who lived with his parents and four brothers, was carrying two small bags of ball bearings, a key component of a suicide vest, when he was arrested on his way home from Westborough High School in Dewsbury on the afternoon of June 2006.
He had been running his own website selling knives and Islamic flags and using the online identity Fidadee meaning “to die for” - on the auction website ebay.
He also had hand-written notes on martyrdom and had created and circulated technical documents via email and secure web forums on how to make Napalm, how to make a detonator and the production of home made explosives.
It took detectives some time to unravel all Khan’’s aliases and some of the conversations he held in Internet chat rooms, which were found on the hard drives, were discovered too late for the trial.
Another associate, Sultan Muhammed, 23, a postman from Bradford, fled to London with 1,265 pounds in cash following Khan’’s arrest.
When police raided his house they found maps of the London Underground, Jerusalem and Manhattan and a book entitled Suicide Bombings. (ANI)

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