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"Muslim pair planned Jihad" - court

LONDON, June 20 (KUNA) -- A Muslim couple were assembling components of a home-made bomb to attack Jewish neighbourhoods after becoming radicalised by al Qaida propaganda on the internet, a court heard Wednesday. Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, and his wife Shasta, 38, bought substances and equipment from supermarkets to assemble an improvised explosive device to carry out a terrorist attack after scoping Jewish targets, Manchester Crown Court, northern England, heard. Behind their "apparent normality of daily life", Khan, an unemployed car valeter, and his hairdresser wife planned to carry out "jihad at home", Bobbie Cheema, prosecuting, told the court. And the pair were only "mercifully" stopped by chance after a minor domestic row led to police being called to their house in Oldham, Greater Manchester. Mrs Khan decided to "spill the beans", confess, to police after her brother told officers: "I think he's a home-grown terrorist". Mohammed Sajid Khan has already pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to terrorism offences but his wife has denied any involvement. She has pleaded not guilty to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism and three counts of possessing information useful for committing or preparing for an act of terrorism. Opening the case for the prosecution at the start of Shasta Khan's trial, Miss Cheema told the jury: "The essence of what is alleged in this case is relatively straightforward. "It is that in 2010 and 2011 they both became radicalised by material found on the internet such as an al Qaida magazine called Inspire, the aim of which is to encourage Muslims in the West and this country to carry out violent holy war or jihad by mounting attacks in their own countries independent of any outside direction or association with any other person. "They became radicalised by the teaching of extremist Islamists who were themselves motivated by al Qaida. "In response, the two of them began to make preparations or assisted each other to make preparations to carry out a terrorist attack on British soil, with the most likely target being an orthodox Jewish area of Prestwich in Greater Manchester." (end) he.mt KUNA 202025 Jun 12NNNN