LONDON – Six Islamic extremists were handed lengthy jail terms in Britain on Monday for plotting a murderous attack on a far-right group.
The men planned to attack a rally by the English Defense League — a group opposes to the spread of radical Islam — last June but turned up after the protest had already finished.
They were armed with two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a pipe bomb. The plot unraveled after two of them were stopped by chance while driving back from the rally location in Dewsbury, northern England.
Their car was found to contain not only the weapons but also 10 copies of a hate-filled note referring to Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron.
At a hearing on April 30, Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Jewel Uddin, 27, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22 — all from Birmingham in central England — admitted planning the attack.
Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were jailed on Monday for 19½ years, with the other three jailed for 18 years and nine months.