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UK police accuse three of Pakistan terror training

Published Jul 19, 2012 03:18am


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A British police officer at a crime scene. — Photo by AP/File

LONDON: Three British Muslims - including a convert who was featured in a documentary about radical Islam and a former London police support officer - have been charged with traveling to Pakistan for terror training, police said early on Thursday.

Scotland Yard said in a statement that Richard Dart, 29, Imran Mahmood, 21, and Jahangir Alom, 26, had traveled to Pakistan between 2010 and 2012 ''with the intention of committing acts of terrorism or assisting another to commit such acts.''

The statement also alleges that the three provided others with advice and counseling about how to travel to Pakistan, find training, and how to stay safe while there.

Two others, 22-year-old Ruksana Begum and 47-year-old Khalid Javed Baqa, were charged with having material likely to be useful for terrorism.

All five had been arrested earlier this month, and at least two of the accused had previously come to public attention.

Dart was featured in a recent BBC documentary, ''My Brother the Islamist,'' which chronicled the efforts of his filmmaker stepbrother Robb Leech to understand why the former had rejected his family and embraced an uncompromising form of Islam.

He was also featured in a YouTube video in which he criticised the British royal family, the marriage of Prince William to the then-Kate Middleton, and UK foreign policy.

Alom - a former police support officer who was arrested in an armed raid at his home - also made a YouTube appearance in which he described his time as an officer and expounded on his hardline beliefs.

The force said Begum was caught with a memory chip carrying issues of a publication it identified as ''Inspire,'' the name given to al Qaeda's English-language magazine. Police said she had the documents ''without reasonable excuse.''

Police said Baqa was also caught with issues of Inspire, along with a CD containing the work ''39 Ways to Support and Participate in Jihad.''

Scotland Yard did not immediately release much information on Mahmood, but both he and Alom live near Olympic sites.

Alom's home is only a mile (1.6 kilometers) from London's Olympic Stadium, while Mahmood lives just down the street from the site of a Royal Air Force at Northolt in northwest London, from where Typhoon jets and other military elements are due to provide security for the 2012 Games.

Nevertheless police insisted the case has nothing to do with the games, which begin July 27.

Intelligence officials say there has been an expected increase in chatter among extremist groups ahead of the games, but there are still no specific or credible threats targeting the Olympics.


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krishna prasad Jul 19, 2012 11:36am
The state already took you all on down-slide. You all stop it before it engulfs the whole country and other countries confirm this -irrefutable truth. No amount of hypocrisy (check statements of Pakistan state machinery including your politicians/generals on Bin Laden in your history) would do any good. In or out with this world. Get into the league of UN as one among them or get isolated fully like North Korea.
ali Jul 19, 2012 04:06am
Akbar Jul 19, 2012 04:27am
What do you say now? Mr. Rehman Malik. Let's hear your pearl of Wisdom and your crisis management skills.
mohammad Jul 19, 2012 07:06am
mr salajit and mr deepak i have two points to mention 1..all the claims are yet to be proven true.MAY BE COURT CLEARS THEM IN THE END. 2...any body can come to our country. does it mean that we suport them.? NO. we are a peace loving nation and promote peace. any body can go and check how is the state terrorism unleashed in the valley of kashmir. vehemently. that is state terrorism. shameful. check what a genocide being committed on rohangys in burma. why does not PAKISTAN OR britain or india stop it. this is also terrorism. in thisworld seems...MIGHT IS RIGHT.
Johan Shah Jul 19, 2012 04:42am
They are not loyal muslims and should be punished according to the law of the land they reside in.Islam obligates a resident to be loyal and honour the land they live in.
Deb Jul 19, 2012 05:18am
Ahmed Jul 19, 2012 05:22am
They are not Pakistanis, they are British.....then again, why do all the worlds terrorists arrive at our door step? Who welcomes them? Who grants them visas and why? where do they stay, who do they meet with, Pakistan needs to get real serious about fighting terror and its not enough to say we lost 30000 to US war on terror, this is Pakistans internal problem, long before 911, this is Pakistans war, even if the US leaves Afghanistan, these people will continue using our soil and fighting our soldiers, we need to eliminate them completely.
Silajit Jul 19, 2012 05:24am
Terrorists all over the planet consider Pakistan to be the ultimate mecca for learning the terrorist trade? Clearly this is not just another empty accusation by Pakistan's perceived enemies. I really would like to hear what random Pakistanis think about this. I fully expect to hear that it is everybody elses fault. But I still want to hear it.
deepak Jul 19, 2012 05:46am
starving in Bangladesh & Pakistan they come to UK & USA and then try to blow it up...made sense???? what inspires this madness and why??????
Beekay Jul 19, 2012 06:25am
Why does everyone seems to have believed that what British police claims is in fact true?
Ahmed Jul 19, 2012 06:50am
Do u think that possessing a copy of a magazine is enough for accusing someone as a terrorist??? I pity your faculties!
Nauman Jul 19, 2012 07:00am
We have made a mess of things in Pakistan. The solution is only if the deep state abandons its policies. No one but the GHQ can decide where to take Pakistan.
Gerry D'Cunha Jul 19, 2012 07:52am
Terrorism is now-a-days connected to Muslims and Islam. All thiose caught in the West and else where in the world on terror are 95% all Muslims. I fail to understand what message the Muslims want to give the world on Islam?
Shashi Jul 20, 2012 04:52am
And why would anyone of all the magazines available in the world, try to leaf through an Al-Qaida mouthpiece?
PARVEEZ Jul 20, 2012 07:53pm
The Pakistan government should use full force with these people coming to Pakistan. We need to get rid of this government first, because their intrests are with the USA. And the USA wants to weaken Pakistan.