Muslim terrorist on trial
Two doctors are standing trial accused of planning mass murder by blowing up a London nightclub and Glasgow Airport.
Bilal Abdulla, 29, and Mohammed Asha, 27, came to the UK from the Middle East to train as doctors in British hospitals.
But instead they were part of an Islamic terror cell that wanted to maim and kill as many people as possible through a UK-wide bombing campaign, Woolwich Crown Court was told.
They first tried to blow up West End nightclub Tiger Tiger on June 29 last year, by leaving two car bombs outside packed with gas canisters, petrol and nails.
Abdulla and another man, Kafeel Ahmed, 28, rammed the terminal doors with a jeep filled with gas canisters on the airport’s busiest day of the year.
Mr Jonathan Laidlaw, QC, prosecuting, said: ‘Their plan was to carry out a series of attacks on the public using bombs concealed in vehicles.
‘No warnings were to be given and the cars were to be positioned in busy urban areas.
‘In short, these men were intent on committing murder on an indiscriminate and a wholesale scale.
‘In addition to the killing of the innocent, the objective of course was to seize public attention both here in this country and internationally.’
Mr Laidlaw said when they failed to detonate the vehicle, which was to be first in a series of attacks, their plan changed and they decided to attack Glasgow Airport on a suicide mission.
Mr Laidlaw said: ‘Again it was fortune which intervened to save those inside the terminal.
‘The jeep became trapped in the terminal doors and despite the very best efforts of the bombers, and although there was a fierce fire, the jeep did not explode.’
Kafeel Ahmed later died in hospital five weeks later from the burns he suffered.
‘Both men hold or adhere to extreme Islamic beliefs and both share, despite their professions and their obligations to save life and avert suffering, the same extreme religious and murderous ideology as has inspired other terrorists who have struck at or threatened this country in recent years.’
The jury was told the two men spent at least six months preparing what terrorists would call the ‘spectacular’ attacks.