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3 Muslims Found Guilty In London Bomb Plot

From those champions of the faith at Reuters:

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Three men guilty of botched 2005 London bomb plot

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) – Three men were convicted on Monday of plotting to bomb London’s transport system on July 21, 2005 in a botched attempt to replicate Islamist suicide bombings that had killed 52 people two weeks earlier.

Police said the men, Muslims of African origin, would have caused carnage on a similar scale to the attacks a fortnight before but although the detonators on their makeshift bombs fired, the main charges failed to explode…

The men, Muktah Said Ibrahim, Yassin Hassan Omar and Ramzi Mohammed, were found guilty of conspiracy to murder at Woolwich Crown Court in London after a trial lasting almost six months.

The moment Ibrahim and Mohammed tried to detonate their bombs was caught on closed circuit television footage. Mohammed could be seen turning his rucksack, containing the bomb, to face a young mother with a small child just as he detonated it.

The jury is still considering verdicts against three other men facing the same charges…

The convicted trio claimed the bombings were a hoax, not designed to kill but a protest against Britain’s involvement in Iraq. The July 7 bombers had said in videos they were punishing Britain for former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s polices…

Eritrean-born Ibrahim, the self-confessed bomb-maker and the plot’s mastermind, said the bombs were deliberately designed not to explode but only to go “pop.”

The men were carrying 5 kg (11lb) homemade bombs made out of 442 liters of hydrogen peroxide, nail varnish and the flour used to make chapatis or unleavened bread.

The detonator was the highly explosive and dangerously volatile triacetone triperoxide (TATP). The bombs were placed in buckets and surrounded by screws, tacks, washers and nuts designed to act as shrapnel and maximize injuries and deaths.

Police and prosecutors said it was just luck that the bombs had not worked, either because the men had mixed the ingredients wrongly, the detonator was not powerful enough or the hot weather had affected the explosives…

Omar, who escaped to Birmingham in central England wearing his mother-in-law’s burka, was found standing in a bath wearing a rucksack. Armed police overpowered him after a violent struggle and said he was lucky not to have been shot.

Mohammed and Ibrahim were held at a flat in west London, with TV cameras capturing their dramatic arrest by armed officers using stun grenades as they were forced onto a balcony wearing only underpants.

Of course these were just three hardworking good natured boys whose prank has been misunderstood by a Islamophobic public.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 9th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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