Bilal Abdulla, 28, and Mohammed Asha, 29, are accused of plotting car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. Woolwich Crown Court in London was told the pair were members of an Islamic terrorist cell (same as "Gas Limo Plot"). They wanted to kill the innocent and seize public attention around the world, prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw QC said in his opening remarks. The terror Docs had access to at least 5 vehicles that were to be used in the terror attacks, the Cherokee Jeep used in the Glasgow attack, and several Mercedes Benz vehicles parked outside the Glasgow house of Mohammed Asha. There was a succession of cars seen outside the house, including a light blue Mercedes. It is not known if the Mercedes is linked to the failed bombing in London. The suspected car bomb discovered outside a central London nightclub has similarities to two of the most significant terror plots discovered in recent years. A plan to pack cars with propane gas canisters before detonating them at prominent central London locations had been drawn up by Dhiren Barot, an al-Qaeda mastermind.
There is a strong indication that Bilal Abdulla and Mohammed Asha were carryovers and linked to the terror cell run by Dhiren Barot and BLACKBURN Used Car Dealer Junade Feroze, part of a terror cell plotting 9/11-style "Gas Limo" attacks on Britain and America. Feroze was jailed for 22 years in June of 2007, Barot got life. Junade Feroze, 31, of Malham Gardens, Audley, Blackburn, had earlier admitted conspiracy to cause an explosion with car bombs filled with gas canisters and nails. Al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot, had concluded that gas explosions from cylinders in a car bomb, if carefully orchestrated, could be as powerful as exploding TNT, Barot set out his belief that causing a fire around the gas cylinder in a vehicle would help to cause an explosion. Dhiren Barot was convicted of orchestrating a vehicle gas bomb plot involving targets in London, New York, Newark, N.J. and Washington, D.C.
See Prior Post on Blackburn "Gas Limo Plot", Saturday, May 03, 2008, BLACKBURN CAR DEALER ADMITS TERROR BOMB PLOT, A Blackburn used car dealer has admitted being involved in an Al Qaeda terrorist bomb plot. Junade Feroze, 31, of Malham Gardens, Blackburn, was one of four men who pleaded guilty to plotting against the UK and the United States.
The Glasgow terror Docs plan was to carry out a series of attacks on the public using bombs concealed in vehicles filled with gas canisters and nails (same as Gas Limo Plot)," he said. "No warnings were to be given and the cars were to be positioned in busy urban areas. "In short, these men were intent on committing murder on an indiscriminate and a wholesale scale. "In addition to the killing of the innocent, the objective of course was to seize public attention both here in this country and internationally." Abdulla, of Houston, Glasgow, and Asha, who worked as a neurologist at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Jurors in the trial were told they would hear details of two attempts to explode car bombs in London's West End and of an unsuccessful attempt to mount a suicide bomb attack on Glasgow Airport. Material found in their possession after their arrests "reveals that both men hold or adhere to extreme Islamic belief and that both share, despite their professions and their obligations to save life and avert suffering, they both share the same extreme religious and murderous ideology as has inspired other terrorists who have struck at or threatened this country in recent years.”
The scene of the Glasgow attack; Mr Laidlaw continued: "The terrorists knew perfectly well that the public here would be gripped by fear - they would not know when and where the terrorists would strike next." Iraqi-born Abdulla was arrested after a burning Jeep was driven into the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport on June 30 last year. The jury was told the two men spent at least six months preparing what terrorists would call the “spectacular” attacks. The prosecutor said a house with a garage in a quiet residential area near Paisley, on the outskirts of Glasgow, was used as a bomb factory.
Jordanian, Mohammed Asha, a neurologist, was arrested on the M6 motorway in Cheshire later that day. Meanwhile, in the early hours of June 29, two Mercedes cars containing petrol, gas cylinders and nails were driven into London's West End. One was discovered outside the Tiger, Tiger nightclub in Haymarket, causing hundreds of revellers to be evacuated, there were more than 500 customers inside the club, as well as staff, bouncers and taxi drivers outside, the court heard. The second car, parked in adjoining Cockspur Street (set for the First Responders), was towed to a nearby car pound.
The bombers intended to set off the devices using an initiation circuit made from a mobile phone, the court heard. When a call was received, it was supposed to send a current, lighting a bulb and igniting the air-fuel mixture in the car causing a fire that would make the gas canisters to explode. The terrorists prepared for a technical problem by using two mobile phones in each car, the second as a back-up in case the first failed. But despite making a series of calls to the telephones intended to ignite the bombs (same scheme as the "Gas Limos" plot), the cars failed to explode, the court heard. Mr Laidlaw explained that they had allowed the “fuel richness” of the air in the vehicle to become too high, meaning there was not enough oxygen for the petrol and gas to ignite..........The trial continues.