18 Jul 2009

Student jailed for suicide bomb plot

8:31 am on 18 July 2009

A British student who converted to Islam has been sentenced to prison for a minimum 10 years for plotting an attack last year with a suicide vest and homemade explosives.

Andrew Ibrahim, 20, also known as Isa Ibrahim, was found guilty on Friday in Winchester Crown Court of plotting to blow himself up with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury in April 2008 in Bristol, England.

He was also convicted of preparing terrorist acts by purchasing material to make an explosive, carrying out "reconnaissance" and "making an improvised suicide vest in which to then detonate an explosive substance".

Ibrahim was arrested in Bristol. Police found two homemade vests, ball bearings, pellets for an air gun, nails and screws, wired circuitry and batteries at his home.

A quantity of HMTD high explosive was found in In a refrigerator. HMTD was used in suicide bombings on London's public transport system, which killed 56 people in July 2005.

Prosecutors said he was planning to mount a terrorist attack on a shopping centre in Bristol.