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Muslim Gang Plotted To Behead UK Soldier

From those defenders of the faith at the UK’s Times:

From left to right: Parviz Khan, Basiru Gassama, Hamid Elasmar and Mohammed Irfan, all of whom pleaded guilty.

Gang plotted to behead Muslim soldier ‘like a pig’

David Byers and agencies

Four Islamic extremists pleaded guilty today in a plot to kidnap a Muslim member of the Armed Forces from Birmingham City Centre and behead him “like a pig”.

The group, headed by Parviz Khan, 38, an unemployed charity worker, from Alum Rock, Birmingham, was arrested in February last year during a series of counter-terrorism raids by police.

At the start of the trial of Amjad Mahmood and Zahoor Iqbal – who deny involvement in the plot – the jury at Leicester Crown Court was told that Khan was “a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views”, and headed a Birmingham-based network gathering money and equipment to send to Pakistan for the use of “terrorists”.

He was enraged by the idea that there are Muslim soldiers in the British Army,” Nigel Rumfitt, prosecuting, said.

The court heard that Khan decided to act on his hatred by kidnapping such a soldier with the help of drug dealers operating in Birmingham. The victim was to be seized in a part of the city known for its nightlife and bundled into a car.

“He would be taken to a lockup garage and there he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig. This atrocity would be filmed . . . and the film released to cause panic and fear within the British Armed Forces and the wider public,” Mr Rumfitt said.

The jury was also told that Khan made visits to a shipping and freight company in Birmingham in 2005 and 2006 in order to send packages to a village in Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, which was a hotbed of radicalism. He described the shipments, weighing up to a tonne, as aid for earthquake victims, such as medicines and clothes or “personal effects”.

The court was told that the cargoes included equipment ordered by his terrorist contacts in Pakistan, such as electronic equipment, sleeping bags, two-way radios and waterproof map-holders.

When he was stopped by a port official in July 2006 on his return to the UK he was found with a notepad. “He was bringing a shopping list from terrorist contacts of materials they wanted sent back in the next delivery,” Mr Rumfitt said. Among items written in the notebook was a laser range-finder.

In December 2006, Khan visited Manchester airport with relatives under the guise of a family outing to Pakistan, the court heard. He was under surveillance and, as he checked in, investigators went through his luggage. Inside the suitcases and bags were walkie-talkies, map holders and a bug detector.

A search of Khan’s home in Alum Rock found similar items stacked up and ready to be packed, the court was told.

In addition to Khan, Basiru Gassama, 30, has admitted knowing about the plot but not telling anyone about it. Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, admitted helping Khan to supply the equipment.

The jury was told that a bug placed in Khan’s home by the security services recorded “highly incriminating and damaging comments” made during conversations inside the property…

Another entry in the annals of the “religion of peace.”

Still, what is truly appalling is that stories such as this are no longer capable of shocking.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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