Muslim couple guilty of planning terrorist attack
Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, are to be sentenced tomorrow in the Old Bailey in London after being found guilty of planning a terrorist attack.
According to the BBC, chemicals for bomb making were found at Rehman’s family home in Reading.
Rehman discussed targeting the London Underground and Westfield shopping centre on social media under the name “Silent Bomber”.
Rehman, who was also convicted of possessing an article for terrorist purposes, used Twitter in May to ask for suggestions on which target in London to choose.
With money supplied by his 24-year-old wife, he stockpiled the chemicals needed to make a huge bomb at his family home and even filmed himself setting off a small explosion in his back garden.
Rehman told an undercover investigator he was planning a martyr operation, jurors heard.
His trial was told that Rehman was prolific on Twitter, posting extremist rhetoric alongside images of homemade devices and instructional material.
Text messages between the couple were uncovered showing discussions about buying chemicals, while emails revealed Rehman had also sent Islamic State-related video clips to Khan.
Speaking today after their conviction, Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson, head of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit, said:
These were dangerous individuals who represented a genuine threat, but through counter-terrorism policing we were able to intercept them before they could carry out their plans.
It is clear that Rehman and Khan shared a radical and violent extremist ideology. They actively accessed extremist material on the internet and used social media to develop and share their views as they prepared acts of terrorism.
Rehman’s parents told BBC South East they had seen no sign of any connections with radical Islam, although they said their son did become isolated and was smoking and drinking in the months before his arrest.
His mother said she would “never forgive” her son for planning the attack.
His father, who moved to the UK in 1980, said he had “no idea” his son was carrying out test bomb blasts.