LONDON — Six men pleaded guilty in Britain on Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack on a demonstration by a far-right group, which failed because the plotters arrived after the rally ended.
The men were arrested in July in central England after a search of an impounded vehicle found hidden guns, a nail bomb, and other weapons, prompting police to trace and arrest the driver, the passenger, and the other suspects.
Jewel Uddin, Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, and Zohaib Ahmed — all from Birmingham in central England — were charged with preparing an act of terrorism.
They pleaded guilty by video link Tuesday at London’s Woolwich Crown Court. They are to be sentenced on June 6.
Prosecutors said the men were preparing to attack a June 30 march of the English Defense League, in Dewsbury, northern England. But the men, traveling in two cars, arrived after the rally had ended.
Uddin — who was already under surveillance by British authorities — tried to drive back toward Birmingham with Khan, but they were stopped by a traffic officer and their car was seized because it was not insured.
The car was impounded, and counterterrorism officers were called in after a search of the vehicle uncovered sawed-off shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb, and a partially assembled pipe bomb.