Three men have been arrested, on 08/15/2008 at about 03:00, on suspicion of committing terror offences, police say.  Two of the men, later identified as Ishaq Kanmi, 22, and Abbas Iqbal, 23, were held at Manchester Airport, reportedly as they were about to board a flight to Finland, while the third Ilyas Iqbal, 21, the younger brother of Abbas Iqbal, was detained in nearby Accrington.

The arrests were a joint operation between Lancashire Police and Greater Manchester Counter Terrorism Unit. According to the new terror act the suspects can be held for 42 days before being brought before a judge. The suspects are linked to an investigation into threats to kill the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, police sources have confirmed on Sunday 08/24/2008.

U.K Media reports claimed the men were being held in connection with a Web site posting signed “al-Qaida in Britain” that threatened the life of Gordon Brown and his predecessor, Tony Blair. One of the addresses searched in Blackburn by police in connection to the investigation was close to the home of Junade Feroze from  Luton Cell.

Counter-terrorist officers from Greater Manchester and Lancashire have flown to Finland, Scandinavia to continue their.

The three suspects were identified officially and charged on Friday 08/29/2008 with terror offences.


* Ishaq Kanmi, is accused of soliciting murder, being a member or “professing to belong” to al-Qaida, and distributing terrorist publications.


* Abbas Iqbal, has been charged with distributing terrorist publications. His younger brother Ilyas Iqbal was accused of possessing an item suspected of being useful for the preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

* A forth suspect Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad, 24, of Whalley Range, Blackburn, who was arrested too was charged, on Monday 09/01/2008, with possession of inciting materials in order to promote terror. They dubbed themselves “The Blackburn Resistance”.

* Ilyas Iqbal was found guilty of possession of a document likely to be useful to a terrorist and sentenced, on 03/20/2010, to 18 months in jail, while Muhammad Ali Mumtaz Ahmad was acquitted. 

Abbas Iqbal, who gathered a stockpile of weapons at his family home in Blackburn, was found guilty of dissemination of terrorist publications and preparing for acts of terrorism was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to three years in jail. 

** Blackburn is the home town of two UK citizens and convicted Islamic terrorists: Junade Feroze, one of Luton cell activists, who was sentenced to 22 years in jail, and Sajid Badat.


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