UK couple jailed for anti-Jewish terror plot

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 2:06 PM
UK couple jailed for anti-Jewish terror plot

LONDON (AP) — A husband-and-wife team of Islamic extremists were jailed Friday for plotting attacks against the Jewish community in the northern English city of Manchester.

Mohammed Sajid Khan was sentenced to at least seven years and six months in jail — with the eventual length to be set by prison authorities — while his wife Shasta was given an eight year prison term.

Judge Alan Wilkie said the couple had accumulated a stockpile of bomb-making supplies at their home and had planned to detonate an improvised explosive at a Jewish site in Manchester.

"Your preparations were serious and well advanced over a broad front so that, if undisturbed, I am satisfied that before too long you would have been in a position to launch a potentially deadly attack," Wilkie said.

Wilkie told Manchester Crown Court that he regarded Khan, 33, as a violent criminal and a "committed Islamic extremist," while his 38-year-old wife had become "a devoted jihadist" under her husband's influence.

Police foiled the planned terrorist plot after they were called to the couple's home in Oldham, northern England, following a domestic dispute and uncovered bomb-equipment and a guide on constructing improvised explosive devices.