Three Al Qaeda-backed British Muslims have been found guilty of planning the deadliest terror attack on British soil by using eight suicide bombers to cause 'mass death' and 'carnage'.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, were today convicted of plotting the 'spectacular campaign' designed to claim as many lives as the 2005 London Underground bombs that killed 52 innocent people.
Inspired by hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki's online sermons, the homegrown jihadis planned a huge series of explosions at crowded shopping centres and railway stations across Britain.
Two of them travelled to Pakistan to learn about bomb-making, weapons and poisons - then came back to their council-funded flat in Birmingham to make explosives.
The trio, who called themselves the Four Lions after the black comedy film by Chris Morrison, even funded the plot by pretending to be Muslim Aid charity street collectors.
Judge Justice Henriques said:'You were seeking to recruit a team of suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11'.
The bomb plotters had the means, the will and the know-how to carry out mass murder in the biggest terror attack on the British mainland 'in a generation', detectives said.
Six other men have already admitted or been found guilty of being part of the terror cell, it can also be revealed today....