Couple found guilty of planning London terror attack

After Mohammed Rehman had stockpiled explosives, he asked his followers on Twitter what target he should choose

Would-be suicide bomber Mohammed Rehman and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan have been found guilty of planning a terror attack in London.

Rehman, 25, had stockpiled bombmaking materials at his Reading home and using the Twitter username Silent Bomber he asked his followers which targets they thought suitable for a massive terror attack; Westfield shopping centre or the London Underground.

Prosecutors alleged Rehman proved he was "intent on martyrdom" when he also tweeted:

"Now I just make explosives in preparation for kuffar lol and when I've made the required amount I'll be wearing them on my chest."

Khan, 24, was convicted of helping her husband plan the attack and paying for chemicals purchased from eBay.

Extremely dangerous chemicals, including more than 10kg of urea nitrate, which is extremely explosive and had the potential to cause "multiple fatalities", were discovered at the couple's home, the court heard.

Jurors were shown video said to show Rehman experimenting with home-made explosives in his back garden.

Prosecutors said he planned to "up-scale" the explosives for a deadly attack in London ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings.

Rehman, wearing a purple jumper, gold shirt and gold tie, and Khan, in a purple jumper and brown scarf, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, but Khan glanced up to the public gallery as they were led off to the cells.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC had said the pair shared a "common interest" in violent and extreme Islamic ideology and had repeatedly researched the 7/7 bombers.

They also had a keen interest in Islamic State, and Rehman's online research showed he approved and "wished to play his own part".

Rehman was also convicted of possessing an article for terrorist purposes.

The couple will be sentenced either tomorrow, or on Thursday.