Three men who dubbed themselves the “Three Musketeers” have been convicted of plotting a terrorist attack in which they intended to use a pipe bomb and meat cleaver, marking another foiled plot as authorities scramble to prevent more attacks being carried out after three attacks were executed just this year.
Naweed Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, were convicted following an Old Bailey trial which was partly held in secret.
The court heard the terror cell, from the West Midlands, were poised to strike police and military targets on British soil, as they exchanged encrypted messages on Telegram.
They were arrested in August last year after MI5 bugged Mr. Ali’s car and discovered a pipe bomb and meat cleaver hidden in a sports bag as they planned to carry a Lee Rigby-style attack.
The trio accused police of planting evidence, but the jury found them guilty of the plot after 22 hours of deliberation.
The jury are still deliberating on a verdict for the fourth defendant, Tahir Aziz, 38, of Stoke-on-Trent.