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Husband and wife Westfield bombing plotters jailed for life

13:46 30 December 2015

Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan

Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan

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A married couple who planned a terrorist attack which may have targeted Westfield shopping centre have been sent to prison with life sentences.

Would-be suicide bomber Mohammed Rehman, 25, was sentenced today at the Old Bailey to life with a minimum of 27 years for plotting a terror attack in London to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the July 7 bombings.

Rehman’s ex-wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, who helped to fund the mass murder plot, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years.

Going by the name Silent Bomber, Islamic extremist Mohammed Rehman, 25, took to Twitter in May asking for suggestions on which target to choose, a Westfield shopping centre – one of which is in Stratford – or the Tube.

With money from his wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, he bought chemicals needed to make a huge bomb from eBay and stockpiled them at his family home in Reading – and even filmed himself setting off a small explosion in his back garden.

The prosecution said Rehman was just days away from completing the device, which would have caused multiple casualties in the capital had he not been stopped by anti-terror police.

The duo was arrested on May 28 – just over a month before the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks in which 52 Londoners were murdered.

Rehman was also convicted of possessing an article for terrorist purposes.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC had said the pair shared a “common interest” in violent and extreme Islamic ideology and had repeatedly researched the 7/7 bombers.

They also had a keen interest in Islamic State, and Rehman’s online research showed he approved and “wished to play his own part”.

Counter-terrorism officers foiled the plot after an undercover investigator spotted Rehman’s tweet about potential targets.

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2 comments

  • Now all we need is for the other 3000 suspected terrorists in UK to be put away.

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    George Lee

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Now all we need is for the other 3000 suspected terrorists in UK to be put away.

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    George Lee

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

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