Saturday, 20 April 2013

Britain imprisons Muslims for deadly jihadi plot: MI5 officials

Britain imprisons Muslims for deadly jihadi plot: MI5 officials, Four Muslim men living in the United Kingdom were imprisoned on Thursday for plotting to perpetrate terrorist bombings throughout Great Britain, according to British intelligence agency MI5.

Part of the alleged plot was an attack on a British army base using a remote-controlled toy car packed with explosives which they planned to drive under the security gates.

Prosecutors in London noted that the suspects were captured as a result of an operation involving London's Counter Terrorism Command and the MI5 domestic spy agency. The four Islamists were characterized by Britain's Crown Prosecution Service as being "dangerous and committed terrorists."

All four suspects -- Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain --resided in Luton, north of London. Each man entered a guilty plea last month to planning to commit terrorist acts against the U.K.

Crown prosecutors stated that Iqbal was the terror cell's leader -- or a "terrorist facilitator" -- who arranged for Islamist recruits to travel to Pakistan for training and indoctrination.

However, Ahmed underwent terrorist training in the mountains of North Wales, and it was he who recruited Arshad and Hussain.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is seeking to reassure the public attending this Sunday’s London Marathon by deploying an increased and highly visible police presence.

Runners and attendees will see several hundred additional officers on the streets, which is intended to provide visible reassurance to the participants and spectators alike, according to Scotland Yard.

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