10 Feb 2012

UK bomb plotters jailed

1:22 pm on 10 February 2012

Nine men who plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp have been sentenced to prison in Britain.

Three of the men - all members of an al-Qaeda inspired terror group - received indeterminate sentences for public protection at Woolwich Crown Court in London.

All nine were arrested in December 2010. The BBC reports each pleaded guilty to terrorism charges on the eve of their trial .

The court heard they had planned to raise funds for a terrorist camp in Pakistan and recruit Britons to attend.

The nine come from Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff and London. All are British nationals of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin.

In sentencing, Mr Justice Wilkie described them as Islamic fundamentalists.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne said 1000 police personnel were involved at the height of the case.