Four British men convicted in terror plot
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.