Terror grooming camp leaders jailed

The two ringleaders of a British al-Qaeda-style terrorist recruitment and training cell, who organised terror camps in beauty spots around the UK, were jailed today. Mohammed Hamid – who once called himself “Osama bin London” – and Atilla Ahmet both groomed impressionable young Muslim men to fight jihad against non-believers. Among their followers were several of the failed suicide bombers who attacked the capital on July 21, 2005. Hamid, 50, who organised brain-washing talks at his home in east London, was jailed indefinitely with a minimum term of seven-and-a-half years. Ahmet, 44, the self-styled emir of the gang and a former senior aide of Abu Hamza, was jailed for six years and 11 months at Woolwich Crown Court. Mr Justice Pitchers, the trial judge, told Hamid that he will continue to be a danger to the public because of his ability to persuade others to commit terrorism.

Islamic terror chief ‘Osama Bin London’ facing life in jail

An Islamic terror chief who dubbed himself “Osama bin London” and helped train the 21/7 bombers faces life in jail, it was revealed yesterday. Mohammed Hamid, 50, called on followers to carry out attacks even worse than the 7/7 atrocity in which 52 died when four devices exploded on London’s public transport system. The former football coach said 7/7 was “not even a breakfast for me” and teamed up with jailed cleric Abu Hamza’s right hand man Atilla Ahmet to recruit and train followers. He was convicted last week of three charges of soliciting to murder and three of providing terrorist training at camps in the Home Counties. But the verdicts could not be revealed until yesterday, when a number of other recruits pleaded guilty to various charges at Woolwich crown court, South London. Adrian Shaw reports.

Top terror recruiter found guilty

Eight men have been convicted for their involvement in terrorism training camps in the UK – including those attended by the men responsible for the failed suicide bombings of 21 July 2005. The prosecution began after police and MI5 launched a major covert operation, including placing an undercover officer at the heart of the group they were investigating. But what were the camps, and where did they take place? Mohammed Hamid rganized camps around the country. He said these were bonding sessions to bring together Muslim men who felt vulnerable after 9/11. But police say he was trying to recruit and train young men for violent jihad. In May 2004 police officers took pictures of a large camp at Baysbrown Farm in the Lake District. The pictures included the four men who would later be responsible for the failed bomb attacks of 21 July 2005.

Terror suspect ‘taunted police’

By Duncan Hooper Mohammed Hamid, 50, was allegedly overheard by an undercover police officer as they drove past Paddington Green high security police station. Woolwich Crown Court was told Hamid yelled: “Here is your terrorist, I’m here, come and get me.” The court heard that Hamid was travelling back with a group of young muslim men from a “terror training camp” in the New Forest. The undercover officer, who infiltrated the group after claiming he wanted to convert to Islam, also attended the camp…

‘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.

‘Osama bin London’ ran training camps across Britain, terror trial told

Two Islamic preachers recruited, groomed and corrupted young Muslims, taking them to camps across Britain where they trained with members of the failed July 21, 2005, bomb plot, a court was told. Atilla Ahmet, 42, from south-east London, the ringleader of the alleged group, admitted encouraging others to commit murder, Woolwich Crown Court was told. Mohammed Hamid, 50, his alleged co-conspirator, who allegedly told police his name was Osama bin London, is accused of overseeing a two-year radicalisation programme to prepare a London-based network of Muslim youths for jihad. Mohammed Hamid also praised the September 11 hijackers as the “magnificent 15”, the court was told. He is accused of organising British jihadi camps planned “six or seven” attacks to be carried out before the 2012 Olympics in London, a court heard today.

‘Terror camp plot’ trial begins

{Five men have gone on trial accused of their part in a plot to create terrorist training camps in the UK.} Among the five, who deny the charges, is Mohammed Hamid, accused of inciting young Muslims to commit acts of terror. Prosecutors at Woolwich Crown Court said Mr Hamid, 50, from east London, set up camps attended by 21/7 plotters. The five are said to be linked to Atilla Ahmet, 43, of south-east London, who, it was revealed, pleaded guilty to soliciting murder in a separate case…

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.