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Al-Qaida Operative Jailed in India

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An Indian court has jailed a man for plotting to crash passenger jets into the House of Commons and the Tower Bridge in London on September 11, 2001.

The court in Bombay sentenced Mohammed Afroze to seven years in prison. The judge charged Afroze with criminal conspiracy and forgery.

Afroze fled to India from Britain some four years ago. He told police that he and seven al-Qaida terror cell operatives planned to hijack the passenger jets at Heathrow and fly them into the two London landmarks.

He also confessed that he was planning attacks against the Indian parliament and Australia's Radio Towers with the help of al-Qaida operatives.

Afroze was arrested at a hotel in downtown Bombay in October 2001 and charged under a tough anti-terror law.
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