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UK couple convicted of plotting terrorist attack

Mohammed Rehman, left, and Sana Ahmed Khan were convicted in a British court Tuesday.

CNN’s Alanne Orjoux reports: British court pronounced judgment on a case of UK couple who were convicted of terrorism.

UK security officials revealed a macabre plot of a married couple who attempted to plan a suicide bombing which should have coincided with the 10th anniversary of the London transportation system attacks.

Orjoux continues: “Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, were arrested in May after authorities noticed extremist posts on Rehman's Twitter account, including one that appeared to ask for advice about what sites in London to bomb. "Westfield shopping centre or London underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly," said one tweet, which included a link to an al Qaeda statement on the July 7, 2005, terror attacks in London that left 52 people dead and as many as 300 wounded.”

Other postings on social media also included photos of homemade bombing devices alongside extremist statements and instructional documents. Moreover, it was reported that Rehman thoroughly researched conceptions and ideology of Islamic State, and attempted to learn more about how to produce explosives and about the infamous July 7 terror attackers.

After the arrest the couple’s home was examined and various explosives and chemicals were discovered. Allegedly the materials have been purchased online and paid for by Khan. Her phone also contained a video of Rehman performing a practice explosion in couple’s backyard.

"These were dangerous individuals who represented a genuine threat but through counter-terrorism policing we were able to intercept them before they could carry out their plans," said Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson, head of the South East Counter Terrorism Unit and Regional Organised Crime Unit, in the police statement,” assumes Orjoux.

It would be safe to say that radical extremist ideology can easily be traced in couple’s approach to the preparation of the attack: they have been actively using Internet and social media to develop and share their views.

The sentence for the wretched terrorists expected to be disclosed in the next few days.

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