Six men in British court over 'suicide bombing plot'

26th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Six men appeared in a British court on Monday charged with a string of terror offences including an alleged suicide bombing plot.

The men were remanded in custody during appearances at West London Magistrates' Court after being arrested in a major counter-terrorism operation in the central English city of Birmingham last week.

Ashik Ali, 26, Irfan Nasser, 30, and Irfan Khalid, 26, and Rahin Ahmed, 25, who had long black beards and were dressed entirely in black, are accused of "engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts."

Ali, Nasser and Khalid are charged with "planning a bombing campaign" and "stating an intention to be a suicide bomber," according to the charges.

They are also accused of collecting money for terrorism, making or helping to make a homemade bomb and recruiting people for terrorism.

Prosecutors also allege that Nasser and Khalid travelled to Pakistan for training in bomb making, using weapons and making poison and they are both accused of making a "martyrdom" film.

Ahmed is accused of helping others travel to Pakistan for terror training, collecting money for terrorism and investing and managing money for terrorist acts.

Judge Daphne Wickham ordered the four men, who spoke only to confirm their names and addresses at the brief hearing, to appear in court again on October 21.

Two other men, 32-year-old Mohammed Rizwan and 28-year-old Bahader Ali, appeared at the same court at a separate hearing accused of failing to disclose information that might have prevented a terrorist act being committed.

Ali, the brother of Ashik Ali, was also accused of fundraising for the purposes of terrorism.

Both men were remanded in custody and will appear in court again on October 24.

© 2011 AFP

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