An Oldham wife who was preparing to bomb Jewish communities in Manchester was found guilty of terrorism offences today.
Shasta Khan, 38, of Foster Street, was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and two counts of possessing a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Khan, along with her husband Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, is believed to have been in the early stages of building an improvised explosive device to target Jewish communities across Manchester.
But officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit disrupted their plan and Khan will be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury today.
Her husband had already pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism at an earlier hearing.
The couple met on an Internet dating site and were married six weeks later. They then spent time listening and reading extremist Al Qaeda-inspired material.
Between March and July 2011, the couple began to access online bomb-making manuals and acquired everyday household items from supermarkets and high street retailers which could be used to construct a viable, and deadly, explosive device within the confines of their marital home, which also doubled as Shasta Khan’s hairdressing salon.
It is believed they were preparing to carry out a terrorist attack in Britain, with the most likely target being the Jewish communities.
Evidence of the couple driving around these communities to look at possible targets in these areas was found, along with extremist literature espousing anti-Semitic and violent jihadist beliefs.
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Their plan was unravelled after police were initially called to reports of a domestic assault, but a family member intimated that possible terrorist acts were being committed and the NWCTU investigation was launched.