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UK Couple Convicted for Plotting to Attack Jews

A Muslim husband and wife in Britain have been convicted of plotting to murder Jews in Manchester.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/20/2012, 11:12 AM

Pro-Israel rally in London
Pro-Israel rally in London
Israel news photo courtesy of Tim Gutmann

A Muslim couple from the Manchester region of Britain has been convicted for plotting to murder Jews. The two will be sentenced Friday.

Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, confessed to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Shasta Khan, 38, denied involvement in the plan, but a jury found her guilty of preparation for acts of terrorism and possessing information useful for committing or preparing for an act of terrorism.

The two had read Al-Qaeda propaganda and were learning to prepare bombs. Data taken from Shasta Khan’s satellite navigation device showed that the two had made multiple trips to Jewish neighborhoods in Manchester in order to look for targets.

Police found materials for bomb-making in their home.

The plot was uncovered when police responded to a domestic dispute. While they were there, one of Shasta Khan’s brothers told officers that he believed Mohammed Khan to be a “home-grown terrorist.”

Officers searched the home and found videos of terrorists beheading their victims and other propaganda along with chemicals and electric equipment for bomb-making.

The equipment the couple chose to gather, which included bleach and Christmas lights, was suggested in the Al-Qaeda magazine Inspire. The magazine said its recipe for a bomb would create explosives that could kill “at least 10 people.”

On Thursday, Britain charged four people with plotting terrorism in London.