Three Britons recruited as suicide bombers in an al-Qaida-inspired plot to blow up transatlantic airliners in mid-air using liquid explosives were jailed for at least 20 years yesterday.
The plot’s ringleaders hoped to evade airport security by smuggling homemade bombs onto U.S.-bound flights using liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks. The case triggered a global clampdown on carrying liquids aboard planes — which still affects millions of passengers worldwide.
British police disrupted the plot in 2006 after the country’s biggest covert surveillance operation.
Prosecutors said police had prevented an attack on the same scale as the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
The would-be attackers filmed videos intended to be released to the media after their deaths, threatening attacks against “the enemies of Islam.” Ibrahim Savant, 29, Arafat Waheed Khan, 29, and Waheed Zaman, 26, said their videos were part of a documentary.