Bomb-maker jailed for life after plotting knife attack on Parliament

A British plumber turned al Qaida bomb-maker has been handed three life sentences after planning a terror attack at the Houses of Parliament. Khalid Ali, 28, was carrying three knives tucked into his clothes when he was arrested by armed police in Whitehall. He had spent five years in Afghanistan learning to make bombs to maim and kill coalition troops, and his fingerprints were later found on explosives there.
He was found with three knives tucked into his clothes when he was arrested by armed police in Whitehall. After his return, he had been monitored by counter-terrorism police. Following an Old Bailey trial, Ali was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts in Britain and two charges of possessing explosive substances with intent to endanger life abroad.
Two boys, 15, named after being jailed for plotting Columbine-style massacre He has been handed three life sentences with a minimum term of 40 years. Prosecutor Brian Altman QC had told the jury that Ali planned a ‘deadly terror attack at the very heart of this country’s democracy by killing a police officer, a member of the military or even a Parliamentarian’. He said: ‘Chillingly, but for the interception of the defendant by police, he would have carried out yet another murderous terror attack in Westminster.’
He has been handed three life sentences with a minimum term of 40 years. The jury, who deliberated over three days, heard Ali had bought the blades two days before at The Mighty Pound in Ealing, west London, and had been seen by surveillance officers to throw away the packaging.
The court had heard how Ali’s family in Edmonton, north London, reported him missing in June 2011 after he disappeared without warning. He resurfaced at the British Consulate in Turkey more than five years later, claiming he had lost his passport. Severely distressed husky locked in car ‘for two hours’ collapses in the heat He had resolved to carry out an attack on Westminster to ‘send a message’ to British authorities, jurors were told. On March 18 last year, he carried out reconnaissance under the cover of a Stand Up To Racism march, which took him past Downing Street and the Cenotaph.
Just after midnight on April 27, his mother called police, saying she had found four knives in her son’s bedroom and she was scared he was going to kill the family. The jury, who deliberated over three days, heard Ali had bought the blades two days before at The Mighty Pound in Ealing, west London, and had been seen by surveillance officers to throw away the packaging. Just after midnight on April 27, his mother called police, saying she had found four knives in her son’s bedroom and she was scared he was going to kill the family.
On why he was armed on the day of his arrest, he said: ‘I had the knives ready to kill, but only in self-defence.’ After leaving his mother’s home, Ali went to Ealing where he set about rearming himself with an 8in chef’s knife and two 3.4in paring blades from Wilko, purchasing other kitchen utensils including a potato masher as cover.
He also bought a rucksack with a Union Jack and London logo on it, before travelling by Tube to carry out his attack, which came just four weeks after the Westminster Bridge killings. Boy, 15, plotting Columbine-style massacre in Yorkshire jailed for 12 years He deliberately dropped his mobile phone into the Thames, but it was later recovered by police divers. When armed police moved in to arrest Ali, the knives were seized from his jacket pockets and the waistband of his tracksuit bottoms.
In police interview, Ali said he wanted to deliver a ‘message’ to British authorities, but claimed the knives were for protection. When asked if he had returned for jihad, he replied: ‘Jihad is what we do. We are Mujahideen.’ Giving evidence, Ali went on to claim he had been held captive by the Taliban and forced to make bombs. When armed police moved in to arrest Ali, the knives were seized from his jacket pockets and the waistband of his tracksuit bottoms. (Picture: PA) When asked if he had returned for jihad, he replied: ‘Jihad is what we do. We are Mujahideen.’
On why he was armed on the day of his arrest, he said: ‘I had the knives ready to kill, but only in self-defence.’ Following his conviction, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said: ‘He is an incredibly dangerous individual who had returned from a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan with a determination to kill, we believe, police, the military or Parliamentarians in the UK.’

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