Islamists Stand Trial In London Bombing Plot

January 15, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - - Six extremist Muslims: Muktar Said Ibrahim, Ramzi Mohammed, Yassin Omar, Hussain Osman, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and Adel Yahya, most of whom resided in and around London went on trial today in the case of an unsuccessful July 21, 2005 plot to bomb London commuter trains.

The homemade bombs consisted of hydrogen peroxide and baking flour and were covered with improvised shrapnel, bits of metal and screws to increase their potential lethality. They were hidden in backpacks and designed to detonate at the height of rush hour but failed to do so only because of flaws in their workings.

Three of the six defendants attended jihad inciting sermons by Abu Hamza al-Masri at London's radical North London Central Mosque [aka the Finsbury Park Mosque] where "shoebomber" Richard Reid and convicted U.S. 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui also attended.

Al-Masri is currently serving a sentence of seven years for Islamist incitement and solicitation of murder.

The majority of the July 21 terror cell members had been under surveillance by British intelligence for over a year, having come to the attention of law enforcement due to their participation in a "camping" trip 15 months previous.

The July 21 plot is significant in that it followed by only two weeks the deadly July 7 London terror bombings which were the worst act of domestic terrorism in modern British history. In that attack, over 50 citizens were killed in a series of 3 coordinated explosions on mass transit. That attack was led by Mohammed Sidique Khan who is believed to have been influenced by the Islamist missionary group Tablighi [Tabligh] Jamaat. Tablighi Jamaat is behind the plans for the building of a controversial mosque to be located in East London. If contruction goes forward it will be the largest mosque outside the Arab world.

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