Thursday, May 03, 2007

A British-born Muslim has been jailed for nine years for trying to buy missiles and guns for a deadly terrorist attack in Britain

Andrew Westbrook:

Jailed: Rahman was caught in an MI5 sting

Kazi Nurur Rahman, a Wandsworth-born Muslim has been jailed for nine years for trying to buy missiles and guns for a deadly terrorist attack in the UK.

Rahman, 29, was arrested in an MI5 sting as he collected a consignment of three Uzi machine guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition.

He had also ordered grenade and missile launchers at a cost of £65,000. And when officers raided his flat they found details of an electricity substation which, if targeted, could have caused widespread blackouts in London.

The court also heard that in 2001 he had given a shadowy interview to ITN reporter John Gilbert, in which he admitted recruiting hundreds of British Muslims to fight with the Taleban.

He told Mr Gilbert: "I can't wait for the day I meet British soldiers on the battlefield to see them run. I am happy to kill them."

In May 2006, Rahman, a plumber with a Pakistani wife, pleaded guilty to possession of property which could be used for the purposes of terrorism.

advertisementBut details could not be published until the conclusion of the fertiliser bomb trial of Omar Khyam and others, who were jailed on Monday for planning a massive bombing campaign.

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