LONDON – Eleven British Muslims were jailed Friday for planning what a judge said was a plot with the blessing of al-Qaida to carry out a string of suicide bombings to rival 9/11 and the 2005 London attacks.
The conspiracy involved at least six of the plotters traveling to Pakistan for training, and the terrorist cell aimed to set off eight rucksack bombs in crowded areas and possibly other timed devices. Ringleader Irfan Naseer received a life sentence. His right-hand man, Irfan Khalid, was jailed for 18 years and coconspirator Ashik Ali for 15 years. Eight other members of the cell, which was based in Birmingham, central England, were also sentenced Friday.