UK Plotters Made Martyrdom Videos
Mushtak Parker, Arab News
LONDON, 5 April 2008 â€” An eight-member gang of British Muslims, accused among other things of plotting to blow up passenger planes mid-air en route to destinations in the United States and Canada, compiled a target list of “limitless ambition” and recorded chilling martyrdom videos warning of a reign of terror attacks against Britons and Jews, in revenge for their actions as accomplices of America, a court in London heard yesterday.
Unfortunately, the trial once again catapulted the specter of so-called “Islamist terrorism” to the front pages of British newspapers and TV and radio bulletins. “Suicide Gang’s Terror War Without Limit” â€” the headline in last night’s London Evening Standard â€” was one of the more sober ones.
In the dock at Woolwich Crown Court are: Abdullah Ahmed Ali (also known as Ahmed Ali Khan), 27, of Walthamstow; Assad Sarwar, 24, of High Wycombe; Tanvir Hussain, 27, of Leyton; Mohammed Gulzar, 26, of Barking; Ibrahim Savant, 27, of Stoke Newington; Arafat Waheed Khan, 26, of Walthamstow; Waheed Zaman, 23, of Walthamstow; and Umar Islam (formerly Brian Young), 29, of Plaistow. All of the men are British born and bred.
Here’s some background:
Jet plot jihadists made “martyrdom” videos: “We will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people … decorating the streets”
IT’S IN THE KORAN:
A document about an Islamic ruling on the permissibility of self-sacrifice, including suicide and martyrdom, was also found on the memory stick, prosecutors said.
Members of a British Muslim terrorist cell discussed taking their wives and children on suicide missions to blow up transatlantic jets, a jury heard yesterday.
The ringleader, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, was bugged by police talking about whether to bring his baby son but said his wife “would not agree to it”.
Umar Islam, however, said his wife might join the plot if it were a “significant operation”.
Six of the eight-strong gang each made “chilling” suicide videos expressing the desire to wreak “death and destruction” against the West and “Kuffar”, or non-believers.
They were intended to serve as taunts from beyond the grave if their horrifying plot had succeeded, it was claimed.