London: Three young British Muslims have been convicted of plotting terrorist bomb attacks that prosecutors said were intended to be bigger than the 2005 London transit bombings.
A London jury found 27-year-old Irfan Khalid, 31-year-old Irfan Naseer and Ashik Ali, 27, of being central figures in the foiled plot to explode knapsack bombs.
Prosecutors said the men, fired up by the sermons of a US.-born al Qaeda preacher, hoped to cause carnage on a mass scale. Their plot was undone by mishaps with money and logistics, and ended in a police counter-terrorism swoop in 2011.
Several other suspects have pleaded guilty to offenses related to the plot.
In July 2005, suicide bombers killed 52 commuters on London's subway and bus network.