Husband and wife Westfield bombing plotters jailed for life
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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.
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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.
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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.