UK: Light jail terms for Gang of 11 Muslim terrorists who planned a wave of suicide bombings aimed at transforming London into a ‘little war zone’
The 11-strong al-Qaeda inspired gang from Birmingham wanted to use eight suicide bombers in attacks that could have left thousands dead. The ringleader, Irfan Naseer, 31, was given five life sentences. A judge said he may never be released, however, his followers were treated very leniently.
UK Daily Mail Naseer’s group wanted to cause more damage than the 7/7 London bombings and threatened to carry out “another 9/11.”
A judge said their plans had been ‘at the far end of extreme’ and that they had been determined to carry out ‘mass murder’ to ‘further the aims of Al Qaeda’. But one could walk free in less than nine years despite having volunteered to strap on an explosive rucksack and detonate it in a crowded place.
The sentence contrasts with those of other major plots in which Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists were jailed for a minimum of 40 years. It means the three men are likely to return to the neighbourhoods they wanted to destroy before they are even middle aged.
GANG OF 11 JAILED FOR 90 YEARS TOTAL
Irfan Naseer LIFE (18 YEARS MIN)
Irfan Khalid 18 YEARS
Ashik Ali 15 YEARS
Rahin Ahmed 12 YEARS
Bahader Ali 6 YEARS
Mohammed Rizwan 4 YEARS
Mujahid Hussain 4 YEARS
Shaaq Hussain 3 YEARS 4 MONTHS
Khobaib Hussain 3 YEARS 4 MONTHS
Shahid Khan 3 YEARS 4 MONTHS
Naweed Ali 3 YEARS 4 MONTHS