Nine men charged with plotting terror attacks on several major London targets in the run-up to Christmas have been remanded in custody.
The suspects, aged between 19 and 28, and from Cardiff, London and Stoke-on-Trent, were held a week ago during a series of dawn raids by counter-terrorism officers. They appeared in the dock at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in three separate groups.
The potential targets are understood to include the London Stock Exchange, the US Embassy and political and religious figures.
The court appearance came after unarmed police swooped on properties in London, Cardiff, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham on the morning of December 20. Two men from Cardiff and one from London were later released without charge.
The nine spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses, before Senior District Judge Howard Riddle remanded them to appear at the Old Bailey on January 14.
They are charged with conspiring to cause an explosion – or explosions – “of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the UK” between November 6 and December 21.
They face an additional count of preparing for acts of terrorism between the same dates by agreeing potential targets; carrying out reconnaissance work ahead of possible attacks; attending a series of meetings; igniting and testing incendiary material and researching and discussing materials and methods.
The suspects from Cardiff are Gurukanth Desai, 28, of Albert Street; Omar Sharif Latif, 26, of Neville Street; and Abdul Malik Miah, 24, of Ninian Park Road.
The suspects from London are Mohammed Moksudur Rahman Chowdhury, 20, of Stanliff House, Tower Hamlets, and Shah Mohammed Lutfar Rahman, 28, of St Bernard’s Road, Newham.
The suspects from Stoke-on-Trent are Nazam Hussain, 25, of Grove Street; Usman Khan, 19, of Persia Walk; Mohibur Rahman, 26, of North Road; and Abul Bosher Mohammed Shahjahan, 26, of Burmarsh Walk.