world news Khalid Ali: Terror suspect ‘had knowledge of bomb making’
A person accused of getting ready acts of terrorism obtained “particular coaching” to make explosives, a court docket has heard.
Prosecutors declare Khalid Ali, 28, went to Afghanistan in 2011 and joined the Taliban. A witness, often known as Soldier A, advised the court docket he thought Mr Ali was “educated” in making explosives.
The accused was arrested in Westminster in April 2017, the place the court docket heard three knives had been discovered on his individual.
Mr Ali – who’s being tried on the Outdated Bailey in London – denies the costs.
He’s accused of getting ready an act of terrorism within the UK, and two counts of possessing an explosive substance with intent – referring to materials present in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors claimed Mr Ali’s fingerprints had been discovered on element elements of explosive units that had been handed into US forces in Afghanistan in 2012.
In a police interview proven to the jury, Mr Ali – from Edmonton in north London – stated he had “a little bit of adequate information” about bomb making, and went into element concerning the chemical substances that went into an explosive.
Soldier A, who’s a serving British soldier, reviewed the accused’s police interview.
He stated: “Ali is adequate and educated within the manufacture and use of explosives.
“The extent of information he displayed strongly means that he had a sensible information and particular coaching of the manufacture and use of IEDs.
“I believe it’s unlikely that this stage of information may have been gleaned from peripheral cursory remark.”
The court docket has beforehand seen close-up video footage of Mr Ali, a plumber, being arrested in Parliament Avenue by closely armed officers.
Three new Sabatier knives had been faraway from his pockets and waistband. The court docket heard Mr Ali arrived within the UK in November 2016, lower than six months earlier than his arrest.
The trial continues.