UK: Zahid Hussain guilty of fairy lights bomb plot

A man who planned to target a railway line with a homemade bomb of fairy lights and a pressure cooker has been found guilty of preparing for an act of terrorism.

Zahid Hussain, 29, filled the appliance with shrapnel and made “improvised igniters” from the festive decorations.

CCTV shown to the jury in Birmingham showed him climbing down a storm drain yards from the West Coast Mainline.

He became radicalised reading books and websites in his bedroom.

In the days running up to his arrest Hussain had made repeated visits to a section of the main high speed train line that links London to Birmingham, which the prosecution said was to research a possible attack.

The defendant had tried to build “a number of explosive devices”, including a pressure-cooker bomb and fairy-light igniters…


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