‘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.

Man admits encouraging terror attacks

A man today admitted soliciting murder in connection with an alleged plot to organise terrorist training camps across the UK. Atilla Ahmet, 42, from south-east London, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to three counts of encouraging others to commit murder. Five men linked to Ahmet went on trial today at Woolwich crown court for a number of terrorist offences. One of the men, Mohammed Hamid, is accused of organising camps attended by the July 21 bombers, the court heard. The prosecution claim Mr Hamid was involved in the radicalisation of Muslim youths for two years from 2004. David Farrell, prosecuting, said Mr Hamid was arrested at a stall in Oxford Street, central London, in October 2004.