Six remanded over terror charges


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Six men accused of terror offences were remanded in custody today over an alleged UK suicide bombing plot.

Some of the defendants are accused of wanting to be suicide bombers, having trained for terror in Pakistan and having raised money for terrorism.

The men, all from Birmingham and said to be part of a terror network, appeared at West London Magistrates' Court, and were remanded by deputy senior district judge Daphne Wickham.

Ashik Ali, 26, of White Street, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on October 21.

He will appear on the same day with co-accused Irfan Nasser, 30, of Doris Road, Irfan Khalid, 26, of Timbers Way, and Rahim Ahmed, 25, of Moorcroft Road.

They are accused of one count of "engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts".

Nasser, Khalid and Ali are said to have planned a bombing campaign, stated an intention to become suicide bombers, collected money for terrorism, made or helped make a homemade bomb and recruited people for terrorism.

Nasser and Khalid are also accused of travelling to Pakistan for terror training including bomb making, weapons and poison making as well as making a "martyrdom" film.

Ahmed is accused of helping others travel to Pakistan for terror training, collecting money for terrorism and investing and managing money for terrorist acts.

Mohammed Rizwan, 32, of Asquith Road, was charged with failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

It is alleged that between July 29 and September 19 this year, he had information which he knew may help prevent the "commission of an act of terrorism but did not disclose the information".

He will next appear before Westminster magistrates on October 24.

He will be joined on that day by Ali's brother Bahader Ali, 28, of Turner Road - both are from the Sparkbrook area of the city.

Bahader Ali is also accused of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism and "arranging the availability of property for terrorist purposes".

Ali shook his head as the case was outlined against him by prosecutor Deborah Walsh.