LONDON — Three young British Muslim men went on trial in London today, accused of plotting to set off multiple bombs in terrorist strikes that prosecutors say could have been deadlier than the 2005 London transit attacks.
Prosecutors allege that the men, fired up by the sermons of a US.-born al-Qaida preacher, hoped to cause carnage on a mass scale. But their plot was undone by mishaps with money and logistics, and ended in a police counterterrorism swoop last year.
Prosecution lawyer Brian Altman told a jury that Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, and 31-year-old Irfan Naseer, were central players in a plan to mount a terrorist attack “on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005.”
All three are charged with preparing for terrorism by plotting a bombing campaign, recruiting others and fundraising. They have pleaded not guilty.