‘Terror gang leader urged UK attacks’

The leader of a gang of trainee terrorists said he wanted to see “six or seven atrocities” before the 2012 Olympics, a court has heard. Mohammed Hamid, 50, also allegedly praised the 9/11 hijackers as the “magnificent 15”. Woolwich Crown court later heard that the four men convicted of the July 21 failed bombings attended camps and meetings organised by Hamid. Five men are on trial accused of links to a plot to conduct terrorist training camps in the UK. They deny the charges. David Farrell QC, prosecuting, said the men undertook exercises during a trip to the New Forest while pretending to hold guns. Footage of an earlier visit to the New Forest, shot by one member on his mobile phone, was shown to the jury.