Four Islamic extremists admitted plotting a terrorist attack on British soil armed with guns and home-made bombs.
The men were caught after in a massive multi-million pound surveillance operation by police and the security services.
Hidden bugs recorded them discussing methods, materials and targets for a terrorist attack, including using improvised explosive devices.
They downloaded illicit online terrorist instructions, purchased survival equipment and collected thousands of pounds to fund the plot.
Investigators looked on as they organised and undertook physical training and prepared to send others to Al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan.
But they were arrested at their homes in Luton, Bedfordshire, following a huge operation by the police and the security services.
The men involved were Zahid Iqbal, 31, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, 25, Umar Arshad, 24, and Syed Farhan Hussain, 21.
The four were planning an attack they hoped would produce more casualties than the 7/7/05 attacks in London and create another “memorable date.” Fortunately, UK security services noted their suspicious activities and rounded them up before they could put their murderous act of devotion into operation.
Call it a needed reminder that they’re still trying to kill us.