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Three Britons plead guilty to explosives plot


Three Britons charged with planning to blow up transatlantic flights have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause explosions at a court in London.

However, they have denied charges of conspiring to murder thousands of people by smuggling home-made liquid bombs onto passenger jets between January and August 2006.

Abdullah Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain, all from the London area, are part of a group of eight men being tried on those charges.

Prosecutors accuse them of planning to set off bombs on flights between Heathrow and North America by mixing gel with soft drinks and then detonating the mixture with an iPod or a mobile phone.

The case prompted airlines to implement strict restrictions on the amounts of liquid and gel passengers could take onboard, and caused widespread disruption to flights between London and the US and Canada. The jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict next week.

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