Terror plot and a ‘gun raid on shul’

By Anna Sheinman, November 1, 2012

Three Birmingham men accused of planning a huge terrorist attack in the UK discussed the possibility of charging into a synagogue with guns if they could not create a bomb.

Ashik Ali, Irfan Khalid, both 27, and Irfan Naseer, 31, deny planning and fundraising for a terrorist attack and recruiting others for terrorism.

In taped conversations heard by Woolwich Crown Court, Mr Naseer told a fourth man, Mohammed Rizwan, who is not on trial: “Even if we can’t make a bomb... get guns yeah from the black geezers, Africans and charge into some like synagogue [sic] or charge into different places.”

The three are among a group of 11 men accused of plotting a series of suicide bomb attacks in the UK.

In another taped conversation, Mr Naseer talks about other methods of killing people that he was taught about while allegedly undergoing terror training in Pakistan.

One such method, allegedly, involved poisoning skin cream and smearing it on the door handles of cars. He said: “They open the door and then five minutes, they die man... kill about 1,000 people.”

The trial continues.

Last updated: 1:55pm, November 1 2012