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Gang guilty of planning UK terror attack

02/08/2017

Four men from the West Midlands have today (02 August) been convicted of preparing to carry out an Al-Qaeda and Daesh-inspired terror attack.

Naweed Ali and Khobaib Hussain, from Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz, from Stoke, were all found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey.

The trial heard how a meat cleaver with the word "KAFIR" - Arabic for non-believer or infidel - scratched on to the metal blade was found in a car used by Ali. An incomplete pipe bomb was also recovered.

When police searched Aziz's car they found a Samurai sword by the driver's seat.

The jury heard that alongside these deadly weapons the defendants had been looking at violent material online, joined extremist social media groups and bought new mobile phones to help them further their plans. The prosecution said that taken together, this showed these defendants were planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the UK.

The court was told that Ali and Hussain had a previous conviction for a similar offence. In July 2012 they both pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. Their actions had included flying to Pakistan with the intention of undertaking terrorist training in a camp. Rahman also had a previous conviction after pleading guilty in 2012 to possessing a publication that included information on how to make a pipe bomb.

Sue Hemming, from the CPS, said: "The prosecution was able to show that these men shared the same radical belief in violent jihad and had reached a stage where they were planning to take action.

"Recent attacks have demonstrated the kind of horror these defendants could have caused had they not been stopped."

They will be sentenced on Thursday 3 August.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain, Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz have been found guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006. The offence took place between 25/05/2016 and 27/08/2016
  2. Naweed Ali and Khobaib Hussain lived next door to each other in Birmingham. Mohibur Rahman and Tahir Aziz lived in separate addresses in Stoke
  3. Sue Hemming is Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division
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