September 10, 2008

Three Guilty of Mass Murder Through Liquid Bomb Plot

Three guilty of mass murder through liquid bomb plot

LONDON, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Three men in Britain have been found guilty of conspiracy over a mass murder attempt to blow up transatlantic flights from Heathrow Airport with a liquid bomb.

However, a jury failed to agree they intended to blow up airliners in an al Qaeda-style attack, local media reported.

Eight people have been on trial at the Woolwich crown court for the alleged plot, but only three were found guilty.

The court had alleged that eight Britons planned to destroy at least seven airliners heading to North America with 1,500 people aboard, in attacks that would have had a global impact.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain admitted plotting explode liquid bombs disguised as soft drinks at targets across the country. They will be sentenced on Oct. 3.

The alleged airline plot was disrupted in Aug. 2006 by police when the men were arrested. It led to restrictions on liquids in hand luggage which are still in force.

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