Skip to comments.Al Qaeda Tested Poison Beer, Burger Plot
Posted on 03/25/2006 6:12:29 PM PST by Valin
LONDON An alleged al Qaeda terrorist plotting a bomb attack on Britain told accomplices to sell contaminated beer at soccer games or poisoned hamburgers from street vending stalls, an FBI informant told a court Friday. Waheed Mahmood, 34, accused with six other British men of plotting a terror strike, claimed during a meeting in Pakistan that he had already tested the poison plan, said the witness, Mohammed Junaid Babar.
Babar, 31, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, has testified that he met a group of British Islamic militants in Pakistan who planned to bomb Britain's electricity network, a London nightclub or one of Europe's largest shopping malls, a 330-store center in southern England.
Babar, who secretly pleaded guilty to several terrorist offenses in New York federal court, including having links with al Qaeda, said the poison plan was raised by Mahmood during a meeting at the Pakistan home of another suspect, Salahuddin Amin, in a village outside Lahore, Pakistan, in February 2003.
Babar, who was escorted by two U.S. marshals and protected by armed British officers outside the courtroom doors, claimed Mahmood said "you could get a job in a soccer stadium as a beer vendor."
"You just put poison in a syringe, inject it in a beer can and put a sticker on it, which would stop it leaking, and hand them out," Babar said, recounting Mahmood's proposal.
He said he also suggested getting "a mobile vending cart selling burgers, just poison those. You could set up a shop on a street corner and sell poisoned burgers and then all you have to do is leave the area."
Omar Khyam, 24; Anthony Garcia, 24; Nabel Hussain, 20; Jawad Akbar, 22; Mahmood; Shujah ud Din Mahmood, 19; and Amin, 31, face life imprisonment if convicted of a charge of conspiring to cause an explosion.
Babar, who had worked for a Pakistani software firm, said that in March 2003 Wahid Mahmood had asked for three computers for "the brothers," which he said he took to mean for "members of al Qaeda."
In late April 2002, he showed Mahmood a secret weapons store, close to his home in Lahore, and told him "to take them if he needed them," Babar said.
"There were AK-47s and AK-47 magazines, about 2,000 to 3,000 rounds of ammunition and grenades," Babar said. "We had buried them in the area outside Punjab University."
He said both Khyam and Amin had told him on trips to Pakistan that they were working for a man called Abu Hadi, who "was the No. 3 in al Qaeda."
Khyam, Garcia and Hussain deny a second charge of possession of ammonium nitrate fertilizer for possible use in terrorism. Khyam and Shujah ud Din Mahmood, who are brothers, also deny a charge of possession of aluminum powder for possible use in terrorism.
Babar, arrested in 2004, identified one of the London transit system suicide bombers as a possible threat, according to U.S. officials who said the tip was too vague to foil last year's deadly attack last month.
The FBI passed on the warning about Mohammed Sidique Khan to British authorities before the July 7 bombings, two U.S. law enforcement officials based in New York said.
Babar identified Khan as a potential terrorist, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is based in Britain. However, they said, Babar offered no specific information about a plot targeting the transit system.
Babar pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and as part of his plea agreement, described traveling to the Pakistani province of Waziristan to supply cash and military equipment to al Qaeda and providing members of the Pakistani terror cell in London with material for fertilizer bombs.
A scheme to blow up pubs, restaurants and train stations was foiled in March 2004, when British authorities arrested several suspects and seized 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate from a storage locker in London.
LittleGreenFootballs.com (TimesOnline.co.uk): "UK JIHADIS SOLD POISONED FOOD" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "AN ISLAMIST terrorist sold poisoned burgers from a street-corner van and planned to contaminate beer at a football stadium, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. The alleged extremist, one of seven on trial for plotting to blow up British targets, was also said to have suggested poisoning takeaway food and sabotaging BT. The claim was made by an American supergrass [a police informer] said to have links to al-Qaeda, testifying against his alleged former accomplices. He said another defendant attended a talk given by Abu Hamza al-Masri, the jailed cleric, where "video wills" made by the September 11 attackers were praised. In his second day of evidence, Mohammed Babar described his first meetings in Pakistan with three of the men, accused of conspiring to cause an explosion in Britain.") (March 25, 2006)
MensNewsDaily.com - blog: "TERRORISTS PLANNED ATTACK ON UK LINKED TO AMERICAN" by Jim Kouri, CPP (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "One member of the terrorist cell, Waheed Mahmood, had been working for National Grid Transco a company that operates the high voltage electricity system in England and Wales and the high pressure gas system in Britain. The aim of the plot was to destroy a strategic plant within Britain or to kill and injure citizens of the UK as possible, the Daily Mail reported.") (March 22, 2006)
Islam....just can't stop killing.
Babar, 31, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent,
Hey, I think this was the restaurant owner in that Seinfeld episode where Jerry convinces him to sell Pakistani food instead of American stuff. Nobody wants Pakistani food and the restaurant goes out of business.
Maybe Jerry was really a CIA agent who was foiling a plot to poison New Yorkers? Maybe Jerry could do something to protect New Yorker's brains from Hillary? Then again, maybe that guy's name was Babu?
Well. they've succeeded with the Burger part!
Do you think that these fans would even notice?
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This is an old plot.
We've been selling Al Qaeda ballpark concessions?
Uh oh ... Muslims have seen the terrorist propaganda, "Supersize Me".
This is what happens when wet behind the ears Jihadists get Blockbuster cards to try to blend in. They end up trying to copy Fight Club plotlines to further their worldwide Jihad.
Is the soup clean?
Is that a Big Kahuna burger?