Omar Mohammed, Zohaib, Jewel, Mohammed, Mohammed and Anzal
— not that this has anything to do with Islam
The real hatred and violence is coming from one side, while the British authorities and media are largely concerned only with the other side. “Bomb plotters who targeted EDL to be sentenced,” from the BBC, June 6 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
Six men whose plot to carry out a terror attack on an English Defence League rally was foiled when the event finished early are appearing in court for a two-day sentencing hearing.
Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin, all from the West Midlands, pleaded guilty in April.
The men scrapped the plan when they got to the rally last June two hours late.
They have already been warned to expect “significant” time in jail.
Five of the six would-be attackers were caught by chance when traffic police stopped their uninsured car – after they had turned back to head home because the EDL rally had ended early.
Police who later searched the car found it contained weapons, an 18in nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb. There were also 10 copies of a printed message which described the men’s motivation and called the Queen a “female devil”.
Police and security services had no intelligence about the planned attack, although one of the plotters, Jewel Uddin, was under surveillance in relation to another terror plan.
He was an associate of another group of Birmingham-based Islamists who were jailed after planning their own terror attack.
Uddin was under partial counter-terrorism surveillance and, five days before the aborted EDL attack, was seen by a surveillance officer with fellow plotter Omar Khan buying some of the knives eventually found in the car boot.
A second member of the group, Ahmed, had been separately charged with possession of jihadist magazines that included bomb-making instructions. He was on bail at the time of the failed bombing.
Five of the men were from Birmingham – Uddin, 27, Khan, 28, Ahmed, 22, Hasseen, 23 and Hussain, 24. One, Saud, 22, was from nearby Smethwick.
All had initially entered not guilty pleas before admitting preparing an act of terrorism between 1 May and 4 July 2012.
Hasseen, who was not in the car on the day the other men were stopped, had also pleaded guilty to possessing a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.