Nine Muslim inmates planned to kidnap the jail imam during prayers with weapons hidden in the mosque at Full Sutton prison in East Yorkshire.
Their plan was to then use the imam as a human shield as they made their way to the jail’s sports field. Once there, accomplices from the outside were to pick them up in a helicopter hijacked at gunpoint after being hired for ‘business’.
Acting on a tip-off, wardens at the jail swooped on the inmates hours before the escape attempt was due to begin on Friday. The nine men - who included convicted terrorists - were immediately segregated from other inmates and will now be transferred to different prisons.
A plot by Al Qaeda terrorists to escape from a British jail in a hijacked helicopter has been foiled. Nine Muslim inmates planned to kidnap the jail imam during prayers with weapons hidden in the mosque at Full Sutton prison in East Yorkshire.
The jail's imam is not believed to have been involved in the plot. One high-profile terrorist being held at the jail is Omar Khyam, who was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in 2007 for leading a gang (al-Muhajiroun) that planned to blow up London's Ministry Of Sound nightclub and Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent.
'The intelligence was very strong and from a good source,' an insider told The Sun. 'It had to be acted on immediately. See related article about the 9 Muslims inmates who had been members of the Al-Muhajiroun Gang, Friday March 20, 2009, PI BILL WARNER QUOTED IN “FAMILY SECURITY MATTERS” EXPOSE ON MUSLIM JIHAD GROUP “AL-MUHAJIROUN”.
Omar Khyam was linked to Mohammed Junaid Babar from Queens NY who fliped on 5 British terrorists who are convicted 4/30/07of bomb plots in the UK including the "Ministry of Sound", London Nightclub.
Mohammed Junaid Babar (linked to Mohammed Sidique Khan) gave testimony against a group of al-Muhajiroun members on trial in London (August 2006), he exposed the operations of al-Muhajiroun. See private investigator Bill Warner in BBC video expose of Al-Muhajiroun click here.
Jawad Akbar, Omar Khyam, Salahuddin Amin, Anthony Garcia and Waheed Mahmood, were found guilty of plotting to cause an explosion to endanger life. The gang planned to use 600 kg (1,300 lb) of ammonium nitrate fertilizer to make explosives to be used in bombings in revenge for Britain's support for the United States in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, prosecutors said.
Court papers, which could only be detailed after the trial, showed police observing the gang had established links between them and two of the four British Islamists who later carried out the London suicide bombings in July 2005, killing 52 people.
Spies had seen Mohammed Sidique Khan, the suspected ringleader of the July 7 bombings, and accomplice Shehzad Tanweer with the men (Omar Khyam) in the days leading up to their arrest.
Counter-terrorism experts said the gang could have produced a ``formidable weapon'' more powerful than some of the devices used in devastating attacks such as the Mumbai train bombings which killed more than 200 people. See my prior post Thursday, August 28, 2008, Mohammed Junaid Babar, the "Forest Gump" of Al-Qaeda turned informant has saved hundreds of lives, see BBC Video, links to Fahad Hashmi.
``It was the first time since 9/11 that British people were attempting to commit mass murder in the UK,'' said one senior detective, speaking on condition of anonymity. ``The only sensible conclusion is that al Qaeda does sit behind it,'' he told reporters. The chief prosecution witness was U.S. militant (al Qaeda) turned informant Mohammed Babar, a self-confessed al Qaeda supporter who set up the camps but testified against his co-conspirators.