Nine al-Qaeda inspired British nationals today pleaded guilty to a variety of terrorism offences.
Four of these men admitted to a variety of bomb plots. They planned to send mail bombs to London Mayor Boris Johnson, two rabbis, the US embassy and the London Stock Exchange. They also discussed the possibility of a 'Mumbai-style' terrorist attack on British soil. This planning took place over a six week period between November - December 2010.
The cell was closely linked to al-Muhajiroun, the proscribed terrorist group.
In July 2009, HJS Research Director Douglas Murray was due to debate Anjem Choudary -- the head of al-Muhajiroun -- on an event on Sharia law. However, Murray had been warned in advance that the event may be hijacked by al-Muhajiroun, at the time not yet banned from the UK. Murray turned up anyway having been provided with a security detail. However, members of al-Muhajiroun attempted to intimidate and segregate the audience and assaulted a member of the public. The group were revealed to have been the sole organisers of the debate, which was broken up by the police after a confrontation in the street outside the venue.
It has now been revealed that Mohammed Chowdhury -- the 'lynchpin' of the cell convicted today -- was by Anjem Choudary's side during the fracas (see picture above).
HJS publication Islamist Terrorism, a study of all Islamism-inspired terrorism offences in the UK between 1999 and 2010, shows al-Muhajiroun's connections to terrorism. Al-Mujhaijroun was the most prevalent proscribed organisation, linked to almost one in five (18%) of offences.
Members of al-Muhajiroun or individuals with known links to the group were involved in UK offences relating to: the 2004 'fertiliser bomb' plot; membership of al-Qaeda; terrorist fundraising; soliciting or inciting murder; arson; racial hatred; and harassment.
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