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6 men plead guilty to terror charges in UK

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.

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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.

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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.

Associated Press

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