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Couple found guilty of planning 7/7 anniversary attack

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 4:39 PM

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Mohammed Rehman and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan were found guilty of planning a large-scale bombing of civilian targets in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city’s transit system.

A married couple has been found guilty of plotting to terrorize London on the 10-year anniversary of the July 7, 2005 transit system attacks.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, 24 — whom he secretly married — planned to help Islamic State extremists orchestrate a “large-scale bombing” across the city, according to the AP.

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Rehman was building the bomb and Khan helped her husband by purchasing chemicals needed for it on eBay, prosecutor Tony Badenoch said.

Rehman tweeted about potential locations for the attack.Handout

Rehman tweeted about potential locations for the attack.

The couple, who lived 40 miles west of London in Reading, were days away from finishing the device when authorities apprehended them on May 28 — Rehman and Khan simply needed a detonator to finish the deed, Susan Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s counter-terrorism division, said.

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“Given his (Rehman’s) prior knowledge, experience and the ready availability of the chemicals, the manufacture of a detonator would have taken no more than a couple of days and could have been done by him much quicker if he chose to,” prosecutor Tony Badenoch told the court.

Rehman was very active about their plan on social media, which directly led to their arrest.

Rehman showing off the nearly complete bomb.Handout

Rehman showing off the nearly complete bomb.

A tweet that he had sent out days earlier under the handle @inService2God and name Silent Bomber led police to investigate him.

“Westfield shopping center or London underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly,” he tweeted, referring to potential locations for the would-be terror attack. The account’s profile picture was a photo of Jihadi John, the recognizable, British born ISIS-executioner who was killed during an American drone strike on Syria in November.

Police found more than 22 pounds of urea nitrate, a vital ingredient needed to make a bomb, from the couple’s house, according to The Express Tribune.

Videos of Rehman testing explosives in his backyard were also discovered.

Emergency services arrive at Edgware Road following an explosion that ripped through London's underground tube network on July 7, 2005.Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Emergency services arrive at Edgware Road following an explosion that ripped through London’s underground tube network on July 7, 2005.

The couple is set to be sentenced later in the week.

Fifty two people were killed in the attack and 770 were injured in the 7/7 attacks in 2005.

nparco@nydailynews.com

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