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Anti-Semitic bomb plot trial: Oldham Muslim couple ‘turned al Qaida radicals by internet’

By Dean Wilkins

An Oldham Muslim couple were caught assembling bomb parts to attack Jewish neighbourhoods after becoming al Qaida radicals, a court heard yesterday.

Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, and his wife Shasta, 38, become involed in terrorism propaganda over the internet and bought components from supermarkets to create an improvised explosive device.

They planned to carry out a terrorist attack on Jewish targets but were caught after a minor domestic incident was brought to the attention of the police.

Opening the case for the prosecution at the start of Shasta Khan’s trial at Manchester Crown Court, Bobbie Cheema told the jury: “The essence of what is alleged in this case is relatively straightforward.

“They became radicalised by the teaching of extremist Islamists who were themselves motivated by al Qaida.”

They had ‘apparent normal daily lives’, Khan, an unemployed car valeter, and his hairdresser wife, but planned to carry out ‘jihad at home’.

Khan’s brother told police called to the row that her husband was a ‘home-grown terrorist’.

Her husband pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to terrorism offences but his wife denied any involvement.

She pleaded not guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and three counts of possessing information useful for committing or preparing for an act of terrorism.

The trial continues this morning.

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