Pictures of Manchester terror plot suspect out for the first time

April 13th, 2009 - 7:05 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr. 13 (ANI): A picture of Manchester terror plot suspect and university student Janas Khan has been released in the public domain for the first time.

Khan, 25, was studying at Hope University in Liverpool and was also illegally moonlighting as a six-pound-an hour security guard, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Peshawar based Khan obtained his passport in September 2006, and is thought to have arranged his student visa and travel to Britain shortly afterwards.

Haroon Khan who employed the arrested man, said: “He is very slight, not a big guy at all. We have a gym here but he never used it. He was a very clever lad but a bit of a loner, always looking for attention or company.”

Khan resigned from his job but signed on with a store as a security guard, which is close to a chemical plant run by Johnson Matthey and it is suspected the men may have been using their jobs as security guards to scout potential targets.

MI5 arrested the men, and police suspect the men were sent to Britain as suicide bombers by al-Qaeda planners in Pakistan’s tribal areas, not far from Peshawar.

Police have been given another week to question 11 men aged between 22 and 41, all but one of who are Pakistani citizens and most of whom arrived using student visas.

An 18-year-old was released without charge but immediately detained by immigration authorities.

Among the others arrested are Abid Naseer, 22, and Hamza Shinwari, another security guard, who both lived in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

The main tenant where three men were arrested in Cedar Grove, Toxteth in Liverpool was Abdul Wahab Khan, 26, a student.

Searches are continuing at 10 addresses across the northwestern England. (ANI)

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