'Three Musketeers' group accused of plotting attack on UK were known extremists, court hears

Three members of 'Musketeers group plotting attack on UK are known terrorists'

Four people are on trial at the Old Bailey

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Three men suspected of plotting an attack on the UK via a chat group called 'The Three Musketeers' were known terrorists, a court has heard.

Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman are currently on trial with a fourth man, Tahir Aziz. They are accused of keeping a machete, Samurai sword and a pipe bomb ready for an attack on a unknown target, according tothe  Birmingham Mail.

While outlining the case, prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC discussed the previous convictions of Ali, Hussain and Rahman. 

Patterson said that Ali and Hussain had admitted in 2012 that they had been preparing to fly to Pakistan to take part in a terrorist training camp. 

The court also heard that, in the same year, Rahman pleaded guilty to owning copies of the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire

Ali, Hussain and Rahman allegedly used an encrypted Telegram group, called the Three Musketeers, to communicate with one another.

Evidence of their extremist views was also found during analysis of their phones and computers, the court heard. Jurors were told the group's planned attack on the UK would have been imminent. 

The prosecution also claimed that the group used their previous knowledge of security services' tactics to stay a step ahead of the authorities - but they were then arrested by undercover police and security services.

All four men deny the current charges of planning for a terrorist attack between May 25 and August 27, 2016.