Court hears plotters discuss nail bomb damage threat

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Three men accused of planning a huge suicide terror attack discussed how the July 7 London bombers did not do enough damage because the attackers had forgotten to use “nails and stuff”, a court has heard.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, are part of a group of 11 men accused of being behind the plot.

Prosecutor Brian Altman told the jury that technical examination of a laptop they had used showed a Google search for the the term “muhammed siddique khan as sahab”, who was one of the London bombers.

In a taped conversation read out during their trial, Naseer is then heard discussing the bombings and agreeing with another man that it had gone “a bit wrong” and that not enough damage had been done.

“You know what? They forgot to put the, they didn’t put the nails and stuff in, man,” Naseer said.

Khalid was also recorded talking about wanting to see “AQ”, and telling Naseer the instruction to spread the knowledge into Europe, their trial at Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Naseer then said: “AQ’s main aim is ... the knowledge that they give us, we want more and more people have stance in Europe,” adding: “So they can start whacking you there, yeah, do you understand?”

The men also joked about their last meal before their planned attacks and finding a second wife in paradise, the court was told.

The three men are accused of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, which they deny.

Naseer is accused of five counts of the offence, Khalid four and Ali three, all between Christmas Day 2010 and September 19 last year.

For Naseer, from Sparkhill, Khalid, from Sparkbrook, and Ali, from Balsall Heath, all in Birmingham, this is alleged to have included planning a bombing campaign, collecting money for terrorism and recruiting others for terrorism.

Naseer and Khalid are also accused of travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism, and it is alleged that Naseer also helped others to travel to the country for the same purpose.

In another taped conversation, it was revealed the men had suspicions that they were under police surveillance.

They then discussed always having someone inside the flat so that bugs could not be planted. Or if they had to leave, going out via a window to create the illusion that someone was still in, or by installing a spy camera to cover the front of the house, the court was told.

The three men were arrested on the night of September 18 while coming out of a car.

Ali, who was in the rear of the car, was recorded saying: “I am not a terrorist. I am a civilian. Just because I have a beard does not make me a terrorist.”

The trial continues on Monday.

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