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'Three Musketeers' guilty of planning UK terror plot

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BBC News

Three men who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers have been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on a police or military target in the UK.

Naweed Ali, 29, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, of Stoke-on-Trent, were convicted at the Old Bailey.

They were arrested last August in an undercover police sting.

A fourth man, Tahir Aziz, 38, from Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of the same offence.

They will be sentenced on Thursday.

Police say the men, who had all denied preparing terrorist acts, were inspired by so-called Islamic State, also known as Daesh.

They were described as "dangerous men" who were committed to carrying out a "mass casualty attack".

Officers said the case was "one of the most complex counter terrorism investigations in a number of years".

The court heard how the members of the gang called themselves the Three Musketeers when exchanging encrypted messages on the Telegram app.

Evidence found on the men's phones and other devices showed they had shared "radical and extremist beliefs" in messages.

They were caught after counter-terrorism officers set up a fake courier firm, called Hero Couriers, where Hussain and Ali were offered driving shifts.

Ali arrived for his first shift at the fake firm in August last year, leaving his Seat Leon car at the Birmingham depot, where MI5 officers searched the vehicle with a view to bugging it.

Read more:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40802787