THREE men accused of links with Al Qaeda and the Bluewater bomb plotters are on the loose in Britain, it emerged yesterday.
Mohammed Quayyam Khan, a part-time cab driver from Luton, was allegedly in contact with one of terror overlord Osama Bin Laden’s most senior lieutenants.
A second man, former London Underground worker Zeeshan Siddiqui, had planned to launch a suicide attack on the Tube, the Old Bailey was told.
And Islamic militant Sajeel Shahid, thought to be the leader of the banned group Al Muhajiroun in Pakistan, is alleged to have set up a training camp where 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan and Bluewater leader Omar Khyam learned bomb-making.
All three were named in the trial of five terrorists jailed on Monday for plotting to blow up the Bluewater shopping centre or the Ministry of Sound nightclub with a 1,300lb fertiliser bomb.
Quayyam, referred to as Q in court, was described as the link between the fertiliser bomb gang and Al Qaeda in Pakistan, arranging for 7/7 ringleader Khan to attend a training camp there in 2003.
Old Bailey jurors were told how Quayyam’s meeting with the fertiliser gang’s leader, Omar Khyam, 25, led MI5 to launch an investigation into the Bluewater plot.
Given the codename “Bashful Dwarf” by MI5 surveillance teams, Q was under observation during an investigation into money and equipment being supplied from Luton to Afghanistan. The court heard how Q arranged for both Khyam and Khan to be met at the airport when they flew to Pakistan for training.
Quayyam was said to take orders directly from Abdul Hadi Al-Iraqi, the Al Qaeda number three who was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay last week.
Only weeks before the Bluewater plot was finalised, Khyam was allegedly seen with Q in Uxbridge, west London. Agents reported Q “leading the conversation and waving his arms around”.
Despite the allegations, Q has never been arrested, though his home has been raided at least once. Neighbours reported police tearing up floorboards and digging up the garden, though no charges were ever brought.
Q has now apparently disappeared but in an interview given before the end of the trial he said he met Khyam and Khan through charity work. He said: “I was trying to build a charity to help poor people in Pakistan but it never came to effect.”
Yeah, a charity, that’s it. A charity, sure.
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