Thursday, 19 July 2012

Another Muslim Terror Attack On British Jews Foiled

The danger posed to British Jews has once again been thrust into the limelight after 2 Jihadi terrorists who led a seemingly normal life, were plotting bloodthirsty terror in Jewish neighbourhoods of Manchester.

This foiled plot raises the number after documents found on an Al-Qaeda militant detailing plans to attack Jewish area's in London, You can read our article on the previous terror plot, here.

A female Muslim hairdresser has been convicted of planning a terror attack in the Jewish neighbourhood of a city.

Shasta Khan, 38, and her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, bought substances and equipment from supermarkets to assemble an improvised explosive device.

Police found a cache of terror-related material after being called to a domestic dispute at the couple’s home in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Beheading videos, propaganda glorifying Osama bin Laden and bomb-making guides were seized along with peroxide and bleach, used by Shasta Khan in her hairdressing work, which together with electrical equipment were being readied to make a bomb.

A satnav from her Peugeot 305 vehicle showed they had been on multiple trips to Jewish populated areas around Manchester, looking for targets to attack.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court found Shasta Khan guilty of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and two counts of possessing information useful for committing or preparing for an act of terrorism. She was cleared of a third count of the latter charge.

Her husband pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Both will be sentenced tomorrow.

British-born Muslim Shasta Khan was convicted by a majority ruling of 11-1 on the main charge of preparing for acts of terrorism. She cried in the dock as the verdicts were delivered and then wailed as she was led to the cells.

Opening the case four weeks ago, prosecutor Bobbie Cheema said behind their 'apparent normality of daily life', Sajid Khan, an unemployed car valeter, and his wife planned to carry out 'jihad at home'.

They both became radicalised by material found on the internet such as an al Qaeda magazine called Inspire, the aim of which is to encourage Muslims in the West and this country to carry out holy war or jihad by mounting attacks in their own countries independent of any outside direction or association with any other person.

A satnav from her Peugeout 305 showed the couple had been on multiple trips to Jewish populated areas around Manchester looking for targets to attack

Prosecutors said behind their 'apparent normality of daily life' the couple planned to carry out 'jihad at home' after becoming radicalised

In response, the pair prepared to carry out a terrorist attack on British soil, with the most likely target being an orthodox Jewish area of Prestwich.

They did not achieve the production of a functioning bomb and did not have the final ability to carry out the attack but they looked at possible locations for an attack, she said.

But Miss Cheema said the 'path from radicalisation to atrocity' was broken perhaps because of 'internal domestic affairs' between the couple.

They met via a Muslim dating website in July 2010 and married soon afterwards but by July of last year the relationship was suffering real problems, the jury heard.

On July 20, a 'serious row' developed and the husband left home to go back to his parents’ house in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

Two days later he returned but there was more trouble between the husband and wife and her family, resulting in him assaulting his father-in-law.

Police were called to the address in Foster Street but as officers dealt with the domestic dispute and with Shasta still upset and worked up, a 'wholly unexpected turn of events occurred', Miss Cheema said.

Chemicals used in Mrs Khan’s work, such as bleach, left, acetone and peroxide, were capable of being transformed into explosives. Right is a digital frequency radio used in reconnaissance missions

'A member of her family, one of her brothers, told the police, in Shasta Khan’s presence, ‘We have something that I think might be interesting to you, I think he’s a home-grown terrorist’,' she told the jury.

The wife then took the opportunity to 'spill the beans' and cause 'serious trouble' for her husband - but left out her own involvement in any terror offences.

Seemingly innocuous and innocent items found at the home had a more sinister purpose, the jury was told.

Chemicals used in Mrs Khan’s work, such as bleach, acetone and peroxide liquid, were also capable of being transformed into the ingredients of explosives along with other household items such as salt and sugar.

Found by police: Seemingly innocuous and innocent items like these Christmas tree lights, bulbs and a battery found at the address had a more sinister purpose the jury was told. This was one of the most significant finds

Ground-up fire lighters, safety goggles, a funnel, needles and syringes were part of the paraphernalia found a the couple's address.

The jury was told that one of the most significant finds was the contents of a plastic bag from the electrical shop Maplins. Inside were electrical wires, Christmas tree lights, bulbs and a battery.

An article from an al Qaeda magazine entitled Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom offered a step-by-step guide, from how to get ingredients without raising suspicion, to building a bomb, incorporating the use of Christmas lights.

In just one or two days a bomb could be made to kill 'at least 10 people' and with more time 'tens of people', the article said.

The jury was told that IED ingredients listed in the guide matched the items found at the defendant’s home.

This post it notes found at the house made references to a Tokarev gun. Shasta Khan told the jury she had no involvement in terrorism or her husband’s activities

A CD showing the beheading of British hostage Ken Bigley, murdered in Iraq in 2004, was found at the address. There were also Google searches on how to make explosives from acid and bleach.

Some of the propaganda espoused the 'jihad of individual terrorism', preaching that individuals should carry out their own attacks to 'begin the jihad at home'.

Officers also found a shopping list scribbled on a Post-it note listing items to buy; sandwiched between cheese and noodles was a reminder to buy an alarm clock - a necessary item for making an IED, the court was told.

Other notes carried the words 'SA26 SMG' and '7.62mm x 25mm Tokarev' - references to firearms and another note listed addresses in the heart of Manchester’s Jewish community.

Shasta Khan told the jury she had no involvement in terrorism or any of her husband’s activities.

But she was found guilty of acquiring substances, equipment and information of use in making explosives and assembling an improvised explosive device between August 10 2010 and July 24 2011.

She was also convicted of two counts of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing for an act of terrorism in relation to computer files.

She was cleared of a possession charge in relation to a document named 39 Ways To Serve And Participate In Jihad.

Article from the Daily Mail, here. 

* British Jews must realize the danger that they face in 21st century Britain, we must be fully aware, spread awareness and face the current threat in order to protect the Jewish community from violent attacks, committed by Muslims or otherwise. We have been lucky so far, We cannot rely on luck alone to protect us from these savages!

We at the Jewish Defence League UK ask everyone to remain vigilant and alert at all times, and to please report any suspicious Muslim behaviour in these areas to us, so that we can ensure safety in the area. You should also report it to the police, although we do not trust that they will do anything about it unless someone is hurt.

We must start looking after our own and after our communities to ensure our safety. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you see or know of anything suspicious in the area, Thank You. *
 - Jewish Defence League UK -

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