Pipe bomb in hand luggage man ‘guilty’
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.