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British-Iraqi Doctor Convicted in Failed London, Glasgow Attacks


A London court has convicted a British doctor of Iraqi origin of carrying out failed bomb attacks in London and at Glasgow airport in Scotland last year.

The court found Bilal Abdulla guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions. The 29-year-old will be sentenced Wednesday. It acquitted his co-defendant, Jordanian neurologist Mohammed Asha, of all charges.

Prosecutors said Abdulla and an accomplice, Kafeel Ahmed, planted two car bombs in central London in June 2007. Police defused both bombs.

The next day, the two bombers drove a jeep carrying explosives to Scotland's Glasgow airport and crashed the vehicle into a terminal entrance, causing it to catch fire. Abdulla was arrested. Ahmed, an Indian Muslim, suffered burns and died a month later in a hospital.

During the three-month trial, Abdulla admitted to being a terrorist and said he was shocked by what he described as the brutality of Western troops in Iraq. He said he intended only to frighten British people rather than kill or injure anyone.

Abdulla said he was born in Britain but spent most of his life in Iraq before returning home.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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