Alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Gordon Brown foiled; Ishaq Kanmi, 22, from Blackburn, Lancashire has been charged with soliciting murder and belonging, or claiming to belong, to al-Qaeda.
One of the terror suspect held over threats to kill Gordon Brown has allegedly had contact with Osama Bin Laden’s deputy. Cops are thought to be probing an internet message he allegedly sent to Ayman Al-Zawahiri on the website www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum , the al-Qaeda No2, who dreamt up the 9/11 atrocities.
Other charges allege Kanmi invited support for a proscribed organisation (Al-Qaeda) and disseminated terrorist publications. Abbas Iqbal, 23, from Blackburn, was charged with disseminating terrorist publications and possession of an article for the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
His brother Ilyas Iqbal, 21, was charged with a similar charge of possessing an article for the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism and also of making a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism.
Two of the men were arrested on August 14 at Manchester Airport as they prepared to leave the country and the third was arrested at work in Accrington, Lancashire. Their arrests were the culmination of an operation led by Lancashire police, supported by officers from the Greater Manchester Police Counter Terrorism Unit.
The threat to Mr Brown, posted January 24th on www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum , demanded the release of prisoners including hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza. The main charge relates to an alleged statement which was said to have appeared on an Arabic language website in January which claimed to be from "the leader of al-Qaeda in Britain" and demanded the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and the release of prisoners from Belmarsh high security jail in South east London including the radical clerics Abu Hamza al-Masri and Abu Qatada.
It allegedly threatened to "target all the political leaders especially Tony Blair and Gordan Brown [sic]" and "all embassies, crusaders centers and their Interests through out the country." All three men are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Anti-terror teams have spent months investigating the warnings on a recognised jihadi website, www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum posted by a group calling itself 'Al Qaeda in Britain'.
The 'Al Qaeda in Britain' message with threats to kill PM Gordon Brown, written in English, appeared only briefly on January 24th, 2008 because the website http://www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum/ was shut down in Tampa Fl, USA on Jan 28th, 2008 by the Tampa Tribune and private investigator Bill Warner see story on Jihad Watch click here and then see follow up story in the Tampa Tribune click here . The same website www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum was then shut down in Phoenix Arizona on Feb 1st 2008 by the Arizona Republic Newspaper and private investigator Bill Warner, see story posted on Jihad Watch click here.
Twice the week of Feb 1st 2008, , al-Qaida websites have been taken off the Internet by Web hosts after being notified by local newspapers. An al-Qaida related site was shut down Monday by Tampa, Florida-based Noc4Hosts after it received a call from Tampa Tribute ( www.tampatrib.com ) reporter Howard Altman. Internet security specialist Paul Henry discovered the new al-Qaida encryption program hosted at http://www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum/
On Wednesday, Phoenix, Arizona-based Web hosting provider CrystalTech Web Hosting (http://www.crystaltech.com/ ) took down an al-Qaida website after being notified by The Arizona Republic (http://www.azcentral.com/). The site was reportedly being used by al-Qaida to recruit car bombers, promote war on the West and provide a forum for Islamic militants to plot an assassination of PM Gordon Brown. The website, http://www.al-ekhlaas.net/forum/ , offers forum discussions about weapons, explosives and propaganda, often playing out like a resource for terrorists, reports The Arizona Republic.
A fourth man, arrested on Tuesday morning in Blackburn and a fifth man arrested in Derby the same day, remain in custody and police were granted an additional seven days to question them.
Following are the Al-Qaeda websites we shut down on Jan 28th and Feb. 1st, 2008 in Tampa Fl and Phoenix AZ that were posting the plot to kill PM Gordon Brown. The ones in Tampa were all the same Al-Ekhlaas Forum website with just different mirror-site variations, they all have the same IP address 18.104.22.168 . Al-Ekhlaas had to get a new IP address when they moved to Phoenix AZ. !
http://ekhlaas.org/forum/ NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, IP 22.214.171.124
http://alekhlaas.info/forum/ NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, IP 126.96.36.199
http://aekhlaas.net/forum/ NOC4Hosts Inc., Tampa, FL, IP 188.8.131.52
http://alekhlaas.org/forum/ CrystalTech., Phoenix, AZ, IP 184.108.40.206