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SUSPECT ATOMIC BOMB LINK (London Bombing Suspect Was In Negotiations To Buy Radio-Isotope Bomb)
Sky News ^ | 3/22/06

Posted on 03/22/2006 5:35:07 AM PST by areafiftyone

One of the suspected terrorists on trial for allegedly plotting a nationwide bombing campaign has been linked to a nuclear weapon.

The Old Bailey jury was told that Salahuddin Amin had been involved in discussions to buy a nuclear bomb.

The prosecution said contact had been made with the Russian mafia in Belgium, from whom they wanted to buy a radio-isotope bomb.

Yesterday, jurors heard the prosecution outline its case that the seven-strong gang - all British citizens - planned to blow up pubs, nightclubs, trains and also considered hitting the UK's power infrastructure.

Khyam, Garcia, Hussain, Akbar
Khyam, Garcia, Hussain, Akbar

The gang had wanted to blow up "the biggest nightclub" in central London, prosecutor David Waters QC said.

In February, 2004, they were allegedly overheard discussing bomb targets.

Mr Waters said: "Jawad Akbar referred to attacks upon the utilities, gas, water or electrical supplies.

"Alternatively, a big nightclub in central London might be a target."

The accused deny conspiring to cause explosions between January 1 2003 and March 31 2004.

Three of them also deny an additional charge of possessing an article for terrorism.

Mohammed Babar, a US citizen who pleaded guilty in New York to a role in a "British bomb plot", is expected to give evidence against the defendants.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom

1 posted on 03/22/2006 5:35:09 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

Typical British media idiocy....

Nothing remotely having to do with an "Atomic Bomb" in this article.

2 posted on 03/22/2006 5:40:23 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Whaddabout "radio-isotope", that's atomic isn't it? Our language is dying of PC and the reluctance to call d' masses dumb asses.

3 posted on 03/22/2006 5:50:22 AM PST by (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: Strategerist

Got to agree - a radio-isotope bomb is not an atomic weapon. Its just dynamite wrapped about dangerous material.

4 posted on 03/22/2006 5:58:57 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: agere_contra

Barbara Streisand. Learn about specific activity. If they could'a did it they would'a done it. Tagline...

5 posted on 03/22/2006 6:37:24 AM PST by (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: areafiftyone; All

BBC version has more details ....

Suspect 'had nuclear bomb plan'

A member of a UK group with alleged links to al-Qaeda was involved in a plot to buy an atomic bomb, a jury at the Old Bailey has been told.

The plan was to buy it from the Russian mafia in Belgium, the jury heard.

Four men, of Crawley, West Sussex, one of Horley, Surrey, one of Ilford, east London, and one of Luton, Bedfordshire, deny conspiring to cause explosions.

Four of the men also deny having chemicals suitable for bomb-making. The trial is expected to last five months.

In 2001, when Salahuddin Amin had been in Pakistan, he had been asked by Abu Munthir, a man he had met at a mosque in his hometown of Luton, to contact a man named Abu Annis about a "radio-isotope bomb", prosecutor David Waters QC told the jury.

"Amin did so via the internet and Abu Annis said they had made contact with the Russian mafia in Belgium and from the mafia they were trying to buy this bomb."

Mr Amin later told police he did not believe the offer could be genuine.

"In his own words, he did not think it was likely 'that you can go and pick an atomic bomb up and use it', Mr Waters told the jury.

But the negotiation was "an indication as to the trust imposed in Amin and his position in the Pakistani end of the organisation", Mr Waters added.

Mr Amin had made a "fundamental and a concrete and immensely important contribution" to the conspiracy to cause explosions" he told the jury.

Earlier, Mr Waters said the seven defendants had been heard discussing bomb targets on Sunday 22 February 2004 at the home of one of the defendants, Jawad Akbar, in Uxbridge, west London.

They had already acquired "most of the necessary components" to launch a bombing campaign, with 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser and a smaller amount of aluminium powder - later recovered from a west London storage depot by detectives, according to the prosecution.

Jawad Akbar referred to attacks upon the utilities, gas, water or electrical supplies
David Waters QC

Several of the defendants were trained in how to cause explosions at a camp in Pakistan, where many of them have family connections, the prosecution says.

On Wednesday, Mr Waters told the Old Bailey: "Jawad Akbar referred to attacks upon the utilities, gas, water or electrical supplies.

"Alternatively, a big nightclub in central London might be a target."

Mr Akbar said: "The biggest nightclub in central London, no one can put their hands up and say they are innocent - those slags dancing around," according to the prosecution.


Later, he was recorded saying: "I think the club thing you could do, but the gas would be much harder," the prosecution says.

Mr Akbar had already been recorded telling his wife he did not want to appear ostentatiously religious, the jury heard.

He told her: "They are going to train me up and probably send me back here, act like completely stupid and do a big mission," according to the prosecution.

On 19 March 2004, Waheed Mahmood was recorded in Omar Khyam's Suzuki Vitara car, which UK police and the security services had bugged in a security operation codenamed Hobbit, the jury heard.

'Little explosion'

He raised the possibility of planting a bomb at the large Bluewater shopping centre in Kent the following day, a Saturday, according to the prosecution.

Waheed Mahmood suggested "a little explosion at Bluewater - tomorrow if you want", the jury heard.

He said: "I do not know how big it would be, we have not tested it, but we could tomorrow - do one tomorrow," according to the prosecution.

Mr Amin, 31, Mr Akbar, 22, Mr Khyam, 24, his brother Shujah Mahmood, 19, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, all of Crawley, West Sussex, Anthony Garcia - also known as Rahman Adam - 23, of Ilford, east London, and Nabeel Hussain, 20, of Horley, Surrey, deny conspiring to cause explosions.

Mr Khyam, Mr Garcia and Mr Hussain deny possessing ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

Mr Khyam and Shujah Mahmood deny possessing aluminium powder.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/03/22 13:54:28 GMT


6 posted on 03/22/2006 6:51:07 AM PST by aculeus
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To: areafiftyone
Curiously enough, if these men see hard time in one of Britain's prisons (guests of Her Majesties Government), one can use a little analogy.

If their alleged plan succeeded, some thousands of blameless citizens would be deprived of electricity,hot water, drinking water and immediate medical attention. They would be deprived of proper living quarters and exposed to the elements.

If, these men,while under the care and protection of the said Her Majesties Government,were exposed to these same conditions, imagine this.

The screaming and crying of the politically correct ninnies. The outrage of the "Human Rights" groups. The Amnesty International, et al, throw in the Galloways and Livingstones. They will, if convicted get carefully mandated living conditions.

May they rot.

7 posted on 03/22/2006 9:26:47 AM PST by Peter Libra
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