Tuesday, May 01, 2007

UK terror plots - spot something fishy?

Photo of Karachi by Siddiqui.


Five British Muslims have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey for plotting to use chemical fertiliser to bomb targets in Britain: Omar Khyam, 25, Anthony Garcia, 25, Waheed Mahmood, 35, Salahuddin Amin, 32, and Jawad Akbar, 23. Five given life for fertiliser bomb plot

"A man who was accused of being one of al-Qaida's leaders in Britain and who is alleged to have sent one of the July 7 suicide bombers to a terrorism training camp in Pakistan is living freely in the home counties and is not facing any charges. According to evidence brought before the Old Bailey jury in the fertiliser bomb plot trial, Mohammed Quayyum Khan, a part-time taxi driver from Luton, is in direct contact with one of Osama bin Laden's most senior lieutenants." Bomb plot 'leader' still free

Omar Khyam, 25, from Crawley
"Khyam's family had a tradition of serving in the Pakistani military and the ISI, the intelligence service. Regarded as a pivotal figure in the plot, his jihadist activities appear to have left little time for either work or study: he got on to university courses in three successive years only to drop out. As a child, he went to a predominantly white school and his social circle was non-Muslim. His family paid so little attention to religion the family Qu'ran was dusty with disuse." 01.05.07, profiles: the five found guilty

Salahuddin Amin, 32
"He played football and cricket for Asian teams in Luton and did not appear overtly religious - he drank alcohol and dated women." 01.05.07, profiles: the five found guilty
"So much was known about Sidique Khan that MI5's repeated claim that it did not know his identity until after the 7/7 bombings is certain to come under scrutiny. It is now known, for example, that:
· MI5 officers had followed him while he was driving a car registered in his wife's name and at his mother-in-law's address. The car was later reregistered in the name Sidique Khan at a different address.
· On one occasion, MI5 had followed Sidique Khan to his mother-in-law's home.
· The security service also had a photograph of Sidique Khan.
· MI5 officers had made inquiries about a telephone registered in his name.
· Officers had recorded Sidique Khan's voice.
· MI5 even knew which garage he used to repair his car." MI5 stopped watching two bombers

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