Four Bri­tish men con­victed in ter­ror plot

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — Three Is­lamic-ex­trem­ist-in­spired Bri­tish men con­victed of plan­ning a knife and bomb at­tack on troops or po­lice were sen­tenced Thurs­day to at least 20 years in prison.

An ac­com­plice re­ceived a min­i­mum 15-year sen­tence. Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hus­sain, Mo­hibur Rah­man and Tahir Aziz were con­victed in a Lon­don court Wed­nes­day of pre­par­ing ter­ror­ist acts af­ter a trial that was partly held in se­cret for na­tional se­cu­rity rea­sons.

Ali, Hus­sain and Rah­man met while serv­ing prison terms for ter­ror­ism of­fenses, and later set up a group called the “Three Mus­ke­teers” on a mes­sag­ing app.

The men were ar­rested in Au­gust 2016 af­ter weapons were found in Ali’s car, in­clud­ing a par­tial pipe bomb and a meat cleaver with “kaf­fir” — “in­fi­del” in Ara­bic — em­bla­zoned on the blade. Prose­cu­tors said they in­tended to at­tack po­lice or mil­i­tary tar­gets.

Prose­cu­tor Bill Em­lyn Jones said the de­fen­dants prob­a­bly in­tended to use their cars as weapons in an at­tack, as well as knives and the pipe bomb.

Judge Henry Globe sen­tenced Ali, Hus­sain and Rah­man to life with no chance of pa­role for 20 years. He said Aziz, a late re­cruit to the plot, must serve at least 15 years be­fore be­ing con­sid­ered for pa­role.

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