Pipe bomb in hand lug­gage man ‘guilty’

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A MAN has been found guilty of pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives with in­tent to en­dan­ger life or prop­erty af­ter a pipe bomb was found in his hand lug­gage at Manch­ester Air­port.

Nadeem Muham­mad, 43, sobbed in the dock at Manch­ester Crown Court af­ter the jury re­turned its ver­dict.

The court had heard he was plan­ning to board a Ryanair flight to Italy on Jan­uary 30 when se­cu­rity of­fi­cers un­cov­ered the de­vice – made of mask­ing tape, bat­ter­ies, the tube of a marker pen, pins and wires – in the zip lin­ing of his small suit­case.

Muham­mad (above), of Bury, Greater Manch­ester, claimed in court that he had never seen the de­vice be­fore and that it had noth­ing to do with him.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at the air­port had not ini­tially be­lieved the bomb was vi­able and, af­ter be­ing ques­tioned by counter ter­ror­ism po­lice, Muham­mad was re­leased and al­lowed to board an­other flight to Berg­amo in Italy five days later.

Muham­mad will be sen­tenced later this month.

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