An Iraqi-born doctor accused of involvement in the June 2007 attempted attacks on a West End nightclub and on Glasgow airport today admitted to plotting to set two cars on fire to give Britain a “taste of fear”.
Bilal Abdullah, 29, told Woolwich Crown Court in London that the incendiary devices would throw the spotlight back on the devastating effect of war on his homeland.
Giving evidence on the second day of his trial, Abdullah branded the British government “democratically-elected murderers” and said he called on Muslims to escape oppression and leave Britain.
But Abdullah told the jury that he felt the “horror and terror” of the July 7, 2005 terrorist attacks in London and did not want to injure or kill anyone.
“We intended to bring a device that would give just a taste, the taste of fear.
“In reality it is not a dangerous device. It is a device that will not kill people.”
Abdullah admitted researching and preparing the devices in Houston, near Glasgow, with his friend, Indian engineering student Kafeel Ahmed, 28.
He said the men decided to act as he prepared to leave Britain and return to Jordan after his family fled there from Iraq.
Abdullah revealed Ahmed, who died after he and Abdulla drove a Jeep into Glasgow airport, was in London on July 7, 2005.
He said: “I felt the horror and terror of 7/7 as you people felt it. I felt exactly the same as you.
Abdullah is accused of attempting to murder hundreds of people by leaving mobile phone-detonated car bombs outside a West End nightclub.
When the gas canister and petrol devices failed to detonate, he joined a suicide attack on Glasgow Airport the next day, the prosecution said.
Abdullah is on trial with a second man, Mohammed Asha, 28, accused of conspiracy to murder and to cause explosions. They deny the offences.