'Terror propaganda film made in town park'

A film showing two would-be terrorists dressed in camouflage, crawling across a town centre park in broad daylight was played to a jury today.

One of the duo apparently carried a rifle as he rustled through Corporation Park in Blackburn, Lancashire.



The video, made by a group calling themselves "The Blackburn Resistance", was al-Qa'ida-style propaganda destined to be distributed abroad, Manchester Crown Court heard.



It was among material found in a mobile phone storage card discovered in the suitcase of Abbas Iqbal when he was arrested trying to board a flight from Manchester Airport to northern Europe in August 2008.



Abbas Iqbal, 24, was said to have filmed his brother Ilyas, 23 and Muhammed Ali Ahmad, 26, on the park training exercise.



All three are accused of being "intoxicated by the evil of terrorism" as they prepared to join or carry out violent jihad.



Edward Brown QC said the "promotional collage" for The Blackburn Resistance was among material which Abbas Iqbal and another alleged extremist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had intended to radicalise others.



The video was introduced by a voice stating "They are fighting against oppression, they are The Blackburn Resistance", before it showed two of the group crawling through woodland and across a path in the park.



In the background, words in a foreign language chanted: "I am the armour for those who believe in the unity of Allah. I am the fire against the aggressor.



"I am the machine gun against the one who starts fighting. I am the one whose sun is shining. Over my day and my pride."



Video clips of the trio holding and firing weapons while shouting "Allah Akbar" (God is Great) in a backyard were also found on the storage card, along with photographs of them in camouflaged clothing and carrying weapons.



The Iqbal family home in Percival Street, Blackburn, was later extensively searched by police who discovered a camcorder video tape which showed Abbas Iqbal holding a young boy and raising a machete.



Playing the tape in court, Mr Brown told the jury: "It is plainly a joke and he obviously has no intention of hurting the boy."



The boy, aged about eight, is on camera in a room with two girls as Abbas Iqbal holds the weapon and, in Urdu, says: "This is what I am going to do to somebody. God willing, when I find a Kuffar (non-believer), this I show, I am going to take his head off."



Both Iqbal brothers and Ahmad, of Whalley Range, Blackburn, deny preparing for acts of terrorism between April 30 2006 and August 14 2008.



Abbas Iqbal also denies disseminating terrorist publications and possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.



Ilyas Iqbal pleaded not guilty to two counts of possessing documents likely to be useful to a terrorist.





A desktop computer containing extremist material was discovered in the living room at Percival Street and an armoury stockpile was found in a weapons cabinet, the prosecutor said.

The cabinet contained numerous air rifles, knives, machetes, a sword, a crossbow, various ammunition, books on weaponry and handwritten notes on "Attack planning" and "Urban combat",



When former butcher Abbas Iqbal was arrested holding a wooden staff on August 14 2008 in his possession were said to be six gold-coloured blank bullets and a leaflet entitled The Corruption of Terrorism.



An image of him holding a large knife was found on his mobile phone which had the user name "The Butcher".



Security guard Ilyas Iqbal was arrested the same day at his workplace at Express Gifts in Church, near Accrington.



Police inspected the security lodge and found a rucksack containing a hunting knife and books entitled The Afghanistan Wars and Vietnam War Diary.



A green exercise book in the name Ilyas was found in a cabinet where he stored personal effects while at work.



It contained the following notes: "Valour and Heroism. Fear of death is unknown to the mujahideen. They are therefore most fearless and valorous" and "One Man's Terrorist another man's freedom fighter".



At the time of his arrest, Mr Brown said, Ahmad - a white Muslim born as Paul Cryer - was employed as a part-time counter assistant at Alliance Chemists in Accrington Road, Blackburn.



Mr Brown said: "Muhammed Ahmad described himself to co-workers as a 'revert' to Islam, meaning that he believed he was born a Muslim but had converted to another faith and then reverted back to Islam.



"He wore traditional Islamic dress and carried a staff of carved wood.



"The defendant appeared argumentative to those at the shop. He would often engage in conversations with co-workers about politics, especially in respect of his opposition to the British and American policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine."



The prosecutor said one colleague, Nicola Clark, felt he would display strong views on a number of related topics, including that he thought the deaths of soldiers in Iraq "was not a problem because they should not have been there in the first place and were killing innocent people".

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

Ashdown Group: Graduate UI Developer - HTML, CSS, Javascript

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Graduate UI Application Developer - ...

Ashdown Group: Marketing or Business Graduate Opportunity - Norwich - £22,000

£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...

Ashdown Group: Graduate Software Developer - Norfolk - £22,000

£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Software Developer - Norf...

Guru Careers: Graduate Resourcer / Recruitment Account Executive

£18k + Bonus: Guru Careers: We are seeking a bright, enthusiastic and internet...

Day In a Page

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable