3 radicalized British men were accused of planning for a deadly terror attack with various harmful weapons, including a meat cleaver and a pipe bomb. They have previous terrorism convictions, a court also heard. The accused UK residents Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in 2012. They and a 4th man, Tahir Aziz were arrested August 2016 in West Midlands.
Prosecutors say the terror plot involved the samurai sword and a meat cleaver with the word ‘Kafir’ scratched onto the blade. Kafir is a derogatory word used by adherents of Islam to describe non-believers. In historic references as well as recent events, many Islamist terrorists have stated that they want to kill as many kafirs (also known as kuffar / infidels) as possible. People familiar with the case said that Islamist suspects may have found influence from historic Moghuls who used to inscribe verses highlighting ‘death to all kafirs’ on their swords before killing hindu slaves and opponents in ancient India region of South Asia.
In the recent terror attacks in Europe and Asia, the word kafir is used commonly to specific describe major non-muslim such as hindu, sikh, jewish, atheist, christian communities. There has also been a rise in the word kafir in reference to same-sex (LGBTQ) and transgender communities.
The judge warned the Old Bailey jury not to let recent London terror attacks influence their decision. Accused Tahir Aziz had his home raided on January 16 last year after an allegation was made that he possessed indecent images but no material was found.However, the court heard that police found Aziz was sharing radical islamic material with his friend and co-accused Mohibur Rahman. Aziz was downloading jihadhi Islamic chants known as nasheeds from YouTube and told the court: ‘Jihadi nasheeds used to be one of my favourite nasheeds.
‘Before I started to practice my weakness was music, I used to listen to a lot of music. ‘It was another way of me listening to music without committing sin, it’s catchy.’ He played one of the chants, which had images of men fighting and bomb explosions, to the words: ‘Bomb the kuffar, claim your victory, brothers rise up, let’s go for jihad.’
Ali and Hussain, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, Rahman and Aziz, both of Stoke, each deny a single charge of preparing for acts of terrorism between 25 May and 27 August last year under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. More details on theses suspected terrorists and their crimes can be found on BBC, Telegraph and Daily Mail.
The trial continues.