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Nuclear claim in 'bomb plot' case

Top (l-r) Abdullah Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, Tanvir Hussain, Ibrahim Savant (bottom l-r), Arafat Waheed Khan, Waheed Zaman, Umar Islam, Donald Douglas Stewart-Whyte (bottom l-r)
The eight men are on trial for conspiracy to murder

An alleged terrorist accused of a plot to blow up airliners researched other targets including nuclear power stations, a jury has heard.

Woolwich Crown Court heard that Assad Sarwar had a memory stick with details of nuclear power stations as potential terror targets.

Mr Sarwar and seven other men are accused of conspiracy to murder by blowing up planes with home-made bombs.

All deny the alleged plot, which police say they foiled in August 2006.

Prosecutor Peter Wright said Mr Sarwar had "limitless ambitions" and that the memory sticks found at his home contained details of the UK's "infrastructure".

You have nothing to expect but fires of martyrdom operations, volcanoes of anger and rage upon your country
Extract from Abdulla Ahmed Ali's alleged suicide video

These included a major gas pipe between Belgium and the UK which links to the largest gas terminal in Britain at Bacton in Norfolk.

As well as nuclear power stations, details of Canary Wharf and some UK airports were on the memory sticks.

The prosecution alleges that the eight men plotted to blow up at least seven transatlantic flights from Heathrow to cities in the US and Canada, using bombs disguised as soft-drink bottles.

They say that the men made "suicide videos" beforehand in which they justified their actions.

On Wednesday the court heard more from videos said to be recorded by six members of the group, which were recovered when police searched Mr Sarwar's car and house in High Wycombe.

'Martyrdom tapes'

Jurors were read extracts from the recordings, including one allegedly by Abdulla Ahmed Ali who said he would carry out the deadly mission for "the big rewards that Allah has promised" and to teach non-Muslims "a lesson that they will never forget".

He went on: "Sheikh Osama Bin Laden warned you many times to leave our lands or you will be destroyed and now the time has come for you to be destroyed and you have nothing to expect but fires of martyrdom operations, volcanoes of anger and rage upon your country."

Appearing to address the British public he said: "You show more concern and care for animals than you do for the Islamic nation."

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