London — A British jury has found three men guilty of conspiracy to murder in a terrorist bombing campaign that could have killed hundreds with liquid explosives.
The arrest of the men in 2006 caused travel chaos after officials said they uncovered a plot to bring down trans-Atlantic airliners, but jurors could not reach a verdict on charges they targeted planes.
A jury on Monday found that Abdulla Ahmed Ali and two co-conspirators intended to murder people using a form of hydrogen peroxide liquid bomb disguised as a soft drink.
The jury failed to reach verdicts on charges against four other defendants and cleared one man.
Restrictions imposed immediately on the amount of liquid passengers can carry in hand luggage remain in place.
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LONDON (AP) — A British jury has found three men guilty of conspiracy to murder thousands by plotting to down at least seven trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States.
The prosecutor told jurors during the trial that the men planned to attack United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada flights by smuggling liquid explosives onto jets and detonating them in-flight.
The unraveling of the plot in the summer of 2006 caused travel chaos. Restrictions on the amount of liquid passengers can carry in their hand luggage — imposed in the wake of the men’s arrest — still remain in place.
It was intended to be the bloodiest terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001.