British-born NHS doctor Bilal Abdulla launched car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow despite having been identified as a terror suspect by MI5, it can be disclosed today.
The 29-year-old, an Iraqi doctor born in Aylesbury, Bucks, plotted to bring murder and mayhem on an “indiscriminate” scale to London’s West End and Glasgow airport. He was found guilty yesterday of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.
However, it can be disclosed today that the Security Service had earlier identified Abdulla following a surveillance operation based around another group of radicals.
Security sources said they had a name for the future car bomber but he was only on the fringes of a group which never progressed to planning terrorist attacks and was never arrested.
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“There was nothing to indicate that he was planning an attack,” a source insisted.
Abdulla, who was born in Aylesbury, Bucks, later emerged as the “key person” in formulating the London and Glasgow attacks in June 2007 in revenge for the war in Iraq. He recruited Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian engineering student, while they both studied in Cambridge.
Ahmed, 28, died a month after he drove a burning Jeep into Glasgow airport with Abdulla as his passenger.