“It had been tied to the inner sleeve of her burka, but fell out as she reached down to scratch her leg … It was described by police as “a mini encyclopaedia of weapons-making.”
A woman who was caught with a computer memory stick containing documents about how to make explosives has pleaded guilty to terror charges.
Houria Chahed Chentouf, 41, admitted two counts of possessing documents likely to be useful for a terrorist purpose at Manchester Crown Court.
The stick fell from her burka when she was being interviewed at Liverpool John Lennon Airport on 16 October 2008.
The Moroccan national was arrested at her home in Manchester the next day.
Chentouf had been stopped at the airport and was being interviewed by officers when the USB pen drive was found.
It had been tied to the inner sleeve of her burka, but fell out as she reached down to scratch her leg, prosecutor Simon Denison told the court.
She was released but arrested at a house she was renting in Reynell Road, Longsight by officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
The mother-of-six was charged under the Terrorism Act 2000 with possessing an article which gave rise to suspicions that “the possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism”.
The computer memory stick contained more than 7,000 files, including an explosives manual for the “Brothers of the Mujahadeen”.
It was described by police as “a mini encyclopaedia of weapons-making”, the court heard.
Evidence was also uncovered from internet chat rooms which indicated her support for those seeking martyrdom.
Chentouf lived in The Hague for more than 20 years and the Dutch authorities were also involved in the inquiry.
She will be sentenced later.