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Couple jailed for plotting Birmingham terror attack

Couple jailed for plotting Birmingham terror attack

Ummarayiat Mirza pleaded guilty
A couple have been jailed for planning a terror attack in Birmingham.Ummarayiat Mirza, 21, and his wife Madihah Taheer, 22, were sentenced to 16 years and 10 years respectively after an intelligence operation led to Mirza's arrest at gunpoint in March.Mirza's sister, Zainub, was jailed for 30 months for sharing propaganda.Woolwich Crown Court head the couple, of Birmingham, had been planning a knife attack and had looked at targets, including the city's central synagogue.Mirza was thought to have been planning a rampage for just days after the Westminster Bridge attack.
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His wife had brought him a large knife and the couple had fantasised about a life in the territories of the so-called Islamic State. Sentencing all three, Judge Christopher Kinch QC said Mirza had made "inexorable progress" from enthusiasm for terrorism acts to training, sourcing of a weapon and researching a target.
Madihah Taheer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
While he described Taheer's conviction as a "personal tragedy", he said she had been a willing partner at every stage of the plan.Zainub Mirza was convicted of encouraging extremism by sending her brother IS videos on social media.
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