Three British Muslims who plotted to murder hundreds, possibly thousands, of people by blowing up transatlantic flights have been jailed for a minimum of a 108 years.
In what was intended to be the largest terrorist attack since September 11th, Woolwich Crown Court found the trio guilty of conspiracy to murder. The men had planned to smuggle liquid explosives on to aircraft and were just days away from putting the suicide plot into operation before police swooped. Ringleader, 28-year old Abdulla Ahmed Ali, was told he will serve a minimum of 40 years, while his two co-plotters received at least 36 and 32 years respectively. A fourth man was also sentenced to a minimum of 22 years. The arrests led to travel chaos with hundreds of planes across Europe grounded. The discovery of the conspiracy also had worldwide ramifications leading to strict restrictions on the amount of liquids passengers could take on board aircraft.