Bilal Abdulla, a 29-year- old physician with Britain’s national health service (NHS), will serve at least 32 years in prison for plotting to murder hundreds of people in two botched terrorist attacks in London’s theatre district and on Glasgow airport.
Police and security officials say the attacks in June 2007 may have been timed to coincide with the departure from office of former British leader and US ally Tony Blair earlier in the same week.
Judge Colin Mackay said Abdulla’s fervent opposition Iraq invasion was no justification for his actions.
“Many people felt and still feel strong opposition to the invasion of Iraq,” Mackay told Abdulla at London’s Woolwich Crown Court. “But you were born with intelligence and you were born into a privileged and well-to-do position in Iraq and you are a Police said Abdulla, a British-born Iraq-raised Sunni Muslim with dual citizenship, carried out his attacks to avenge the deaths of friends and relatives in Iraq.
London police discovered two Mercedes sedans with explosives, fuel and gas canisters on June 29 last year.
Abdulla had an accomplice Kafeel Ahmed, a 28- year-old Indian engineering student.
The men attempted to crash a Jeep loaded with explosives into Glasgow airport’s departure terminal doors on June 30, 2007. It failed to detonate.
Security officials said Ahmed had links to Algerian terrorist Abbas Boutrab, who was jailed in Belfast in 2005 after gathering information on bombs capable of downing airliners.