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Manchester man guilty of trying to carry out suicide attack on plane


A man from Bury in Greater Manchester has today (8 August) been found guilty of trying to board a Ryanair flight to Italy with a viable pipe bomb in his hand luggage.

The bomb, built inside a sealed marker pen barrel, was designed to be activated manually; it could not have been detonated remotely or automatically.

The prosecution argued that the only reason for Nadeem Muhammed (dob 1/1/1974) to take the device through airport security was to detonate it in the confined space of the plane, endangering the lives of passengers while causing serious damage to the aircraft.

Muhammed was arrested on 12 February 2017. When questioned he initially claimed that one of his five children - the oldest of whom is 11 years old - may have put the pipe bomb in his luggage. During the trial he asserted that he was not aware of the device and that it must have been placed in his bag by an unknown third party.

He will be sentenced on 23 August 2017 at Manchester Crown Court.

Sue Hemming from the CPS said: "Despite extensive investigation, Nadeem Muhammed's motive for attempting to take this device onto a plane remains unknown. However it is clear that the consequences, had he been successful, could have been disastrous.

"The CPS put a strong case to the jury resulting in him being found guilty today. He will now be held accountable for his actions."


Nadeem Muhammed was convicted of:

POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVE WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE OR PROPERTY, contrary to section 3(1)(b) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

On the 30th day of January 2017 unlawfully and maliciously had in his possession or under his control an explosive substance, namely double-base smokeless propellant comprised in an improvised explosive device in the form of a "pipe bomb", with intent by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.


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