Several men accused of plotting to blow up passenger planes mid-air as they crossed the Atlantic made Islamic martyrdom videos, a court has heard. Six of the eight men recorded videos justifying “revenge” attacks on non-Muslims, jurors were told. They also researched other UK targets, including London’s Canary Wharf, and contemplated taking wives and children on suicide missions, prosecutors said. All eight men deny conspiring to murder and endangering aircraft in 2006. Their arrests in August that year led to a ban on passengers carrying most liquids on board aircraft.
Alleged jet bomb plotters had drawn up plans to target nuclear power stations, gas and oil refineries, and the National Grid and Canary Wharf – a gas pipeline which extends between Belgium and the UK. Prosecutors told a UK court that police had recovered a video showing five of the eight suspects recording suicide messages and contemplating a violent death in the name of Islam. In on video, one of the suspects refers to Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s warnings to the west. Recordings reveled explicit messages about revenge concerning Western presence in Islamic countries, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All eight men deny conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to commit an act of violence likely to endanger an aircraft.
A gang of British Islamic terrorists drew up a list of targets across the UK with “limitless” ambition, a court heard. Canary Wharf, a gas pipeline, oil refineries and nuclear power stations may have been in their sights, a jury was told. Woolwich Crown Court heard how eight men plotted to take liquid bombs disguised as drinks on board at least seven transatlantic jets. Six of them recorded chilling suicide videos attacking Western governments and warning further attacks were to come, the court was told. One accused the British of being too busy watching TV soap operas to care about anything, adding: “As you kill, you will be killed.” Two of the men were also bugged discussing whether they should take their wives and children on the suicide missions.