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Terror charge Briton called for murder of Gordon Brown

Police stand guard outside two houses on Percival Street in Blackburn
Ishaq Kanmi was arrested in August 2008

A man who called for the deaths of the prime minister and his predecessor has admitted a string of terror offences.

Ishaq Kanmi, 23, of Blackburn, posed as the leader of "al-Qaeda in Britain" and urged fellow Muslims to join the group and murder Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

Manchester Crown Court heard messages he posted on an extremist website in 2008 demanded the withdrawal of UK troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kanmi also called for the release of all Muslim inmates at Belmarsh prison.

'Huge attacks'

This latest plea hearing was not the first time Kanmi had been in court for these offences. Last June, he went on trial at Preston Crown Court, but the jury had to be discharged for legal reasons.

At that hearing, details of one of the postings from January 2008 showed Kanmi calling for "the elimination of political leaders and top of the list Blair and Brown. As God said: 'Kill the non-believers.'"

He said another objective was "huge attacks, God willing, on centres and places of benefit to the crusaders".

He went on to invite Muslims in Britain to prepare themselves for martyrdom operations and "not lose this golden chance". It was signed from the "leadership of al-Qaeda in Britain".

Kanmi was arrested at Manchester airport in August 2008 carrying three electronic storage devices and a mobile phone, all containing terror-related information he intended to distribute.

He had been planning to board a flight to Helsinki, together with Abbas Iqbal, who is also from Blackburn.

Iqbal, it can now be reported after restrictions were lifted, is one of two brothers who filmed al-Qaeda-style propaganda in a park and dubbed themselves "The Blackburn Resistance".

He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to three years in jail two months ago.

Krenar Lusha - another man linked to Kanmi - was convicted at Preston Crown Court in December last year of five counts of possessing terror-related articles. He was jailed for seven years.

Kanmi had been in phone and internet contact with Lusha, who was found by police during a raid downloading a video on how to blow people up.

Terrorist publications

At court, Kanmi pleaded guilty to professing to belong to al-Qaeda and inviting support for the group.

He also admitted collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist and three counts of disseminating terrorist publications.

Kanmi denied two counts of soliciting to murder Mr Brown and Mr Blair. The Crown Prosecution Service said it was willing for those counts to lie on file.

A date for sentencing will be fixed once psychiatric and psychological reports have been prepared.



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