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Three British Muslims guilty of rucksack bomb plot


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This undated combination image released by Britain's West Midlands Police shows three British Muslim men, from left, Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27. — AP/File Photo

LONDON: Three British Muslim men were found guilty on Thursday of planning a string of bombings that prosecutors said could have been deadlier than the July 7, 2005, attacks on London's transport network.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, were convicted of being “central figures” in an extremist plot to set off eight rucksack bombs and possibly other timed devices in crowded areas.

The three men, all from Birmingham, central England, had denied charges of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts during their trial at Woolwich Crown Court in London.

Police said it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered in Britain since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs in drink containers.

Two of the men – Naseer and Khalid – travelled to Pakistan for terror training while Naseer also helped others to travel to the country for the same purpose, the court heard.

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