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The gang of British Muslims who plotted to blow up transatlantic passenger flights made chilling suicide videos in which they promised to leave body parts “decorating the streets”, a court has heard.
Jurors were shown images of one of the alleged plotters as he prepared for his “martyrdom” – telling of his desire for Americans, Britons and Jews to die in “hellfire” in revenge for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Accused: Top, from left: Tanvir Hussain, Assad Sarwar, Umar Islam and Waheed Zaman
Bottom: Mohammed Gulzar, Arafat Waheed Khan, Ibrahim Savant, and Abdulla Ahmed Ali
Woolwich Crown Court heard on Thursday that the alleged terrorists plotted to cause carnage “on an almost unprecedented scale” by detonating up to 18 suicide bombs on transatlantic passenger flights.
Today prosecutors said that police recovered a video showing five of the suspects recording suicide messages and “contemplating a violent death in the name of Islam”.
Peter Wright, QC, prosecuting, said: “The recordings of these men were significant because they amounted to recordings in which each of these men contemplated losing their lives in some violent act perpetrated by them as a perceived act of martyrdom in the name of Islam.”
In one video, Abdul Ahmed Ali refers to Osama Bin Laden’s warnings to the West.
Ali said: “Sheikh Osama warned you many times to leave our lands or you will be destroyed, and now the time has come for you to be destroyed.
“You have nothing but to expect that floods of martyr operations, volcanoes of anger and revenge and raping among your capital and yet taste that what you have made us taste for a long time and now you have bear the fruits that you have sown.”
He condemned the British public for “showing more care and concern for animals than you do for the Muslim Ummah”.
“Stop meddling in our affairs and we will leave you alone, otherwise expect floods of martyr operations against you and we will take our revenge and anger, ripping amongst your people and scattering the people and your body parts and the people’s body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets.”
The jury was also shown an extract featuring defendant Umar Islam wearing a traditional Islamic headscarf and sitting in front of a black flag covered with Arabic writing.
He dismissed the suggestion that any of the victims of bombings would be “innocent” because British citizens had paid taxes which funded the Army.
“Most of you are too busy watching Home and Away and EastEnders, complaining about the World Cup and drinking alcohol, too busy to care. I know because I come from that,” he said in the video.
He added: “You call us terrorists but you can see we don’t mind that if you call us terrorists ‘cos we will keep on terrorising you until you learn your lesson.
“We love to die in the path of Allah.”
In another extract he said: “This is revenge for the actions of the USA in Muslim lands and their accomplices, such as the British and the Jews.
“Now without doubt your dead are in hellfire, while the Muslims that die due to your acts will be in paradise.
“Martyrdom operations upon martyrdom operations will keep on raining on these kuffars (non-believers) until they release us and leave our lands.”
Referring to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Islam said: “I say to you disbelievers that as you bomb, you will be bombed. As you kill, you will be killed.
“And if you want to kill our women and children then the same thing will happen to you. This is not a joke.”