'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
News
newsAnother week, another dress controversy on the internet
Life and Style
Scientist have developed a test which predicts whether you'll live for another ten years
health
Life and Style
Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin
historyOne woman's secret life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
News
news... and what your reaction to the creatures above says about you
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

Ashdown Group: Junior Application Support Analyst - Fluent German Speaker

£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate / Trainee Sales Executive

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Graduate/Trainee Sales Executive is re...

Ashdown Group: Graduate Graphic Designer - Peterborough - £18,000

£22000 - £23000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Graduate Graphic Designer...

Ashdown Group: Graduate Developer - Cambridgeshire - £23,000

£22000 - £23000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Graduate Front-End Develo...

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003