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Muslim pair accused of planning jihad bomb attack on Jews in Britain
From The Guardian
A Muslim couple were assembling components of a home-made bomb to attack Jewish neighbourhoods after becoming radicalised by al-Qaida propaganda on the internet, a court heard on Wednesday.
Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, and his wife, Shasta, 38, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, bought substances and equipment from supermarkets to assemble an improvised explosive device to launch a terrorist attack after carrying out visits to potential Jewish targets in Manchester, the city's crown court heard.
Bobbie Cheema, the prosecutor, at Manchester crown court, said: "Perhaps it can be summarised this way: it was jihad at home. Between them they acquired substances, common or garden, that can be purchased in supermarkets, equipment and information of use that would help them to make explosives, and began the process of assembling an improvised explosive device." Miss Parmjit-Kaur Cheema is a Senior Treasury Counsel who specialises in terrorism, homicide and hate crimes. From her name I would expect her to be a Sikh. These (1) (2) are some of the cases she has worked on.
The couple also carried out "multiple reconnaissance" trips to Jewish areas of Salford or Manchester, it was alleged.
Cheema said that behind the apparent normality of daily life, the couple believed in and supported an extreme ideology of jihad or holy war against the enemies of Islam, especially Jewish people.
The couple were both UK citizens, living in Britain and subject to our laws, Cheema said, but however strongly someone might object to British foreign policy it would amount to a criminal offence to act as they did. "This couple were caught at the stage of preparation," she said. "They did not achieve the production of a functioning bomb, they scoped possible locations for an attack but did not yet have the final ability to carry it out."
She told the jury: "This is a terrorism trial."
The prosecution say the pair became radicalised in 2010 and 2011 by material they found on the internet, which had the aim of encouraging western Muslims to carry out jihad by mounting attacks in their own countries, independent of direction.
"In response, the two of them made preparations or assisted each other to make preparations, to carry out a terrorist attack on British soil, with the most likely target being an orthodox Jewish area in Prestwich, Greater Manchester," she said.