Officers described how a gang from his home town was allegedly plotting to abduct the soldier, aged in his 20s, and then force him on film to “apologise” for what he had done in Iraq.This is who planned it:
After this propaganda coup, the gang intended to video themselves executing their hostage. His murder would be seen worldwide on the internet as a warning to other British Muslims regarded by the kidnappers as “traitors”.
The raids included eight residential properties, a corner shop, two Islamic bookshops and an internet café. A ninth suspect was picked up on a motorway in Birmingham soon before 3pm. There was a sense of shock in the Pakistani and Kashmiri community as word spread that one of those arrested was Amjad Mahmood, 29, a well-known figure behind the counter of his grocery on the corner of Jackson Road in the Alum Rock district. A second man was understood to be the 38-year-old owner of a pizza takeaway whose family arrived from Kashmir two decades ago. Police raided Mr Mahmood’s terraced home only yards from Khan’s general store.A little terror in the neighborhood.