Islamist Plotters Sentenced in Toy-Car Attack

It was a plan that seemed to come straight out of the U.K. comedy Four Lions, a movie about hapless homegrown jihadists (recommended). Or maybe it was inspired by the Stonehenge scene in This is Spinal Tap (watch the funny at 2m14s).

But this was no fiction: Islamist would-be terrorists in Britain were sentenced to extended jail time for plotting an attack on British reserve troops by using a remote-controlled toy car packed with explosives.

Investigators said Thursday Britain’s domestic spy agency of MI5 and police were able to stop Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain before they could launch the deadly attack.


Iqbal and Ahmed were given extended sentences of 16 years and 3 months, which means they will be in jail for more than 11 years and put on parole for the rest of the time. Arshad was sentenced to more than six years in jail, while Hussain received more than five years. …

The men were recorded discussing sending a remote-controlled toy car carrying a homemade bomb under the gates of an army reservist center in Luton, and speaking of using instructions in an al-Qaida manual to make an improvised explosive device.

[perp photos via the Washington Post]