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Al-Qaeda-inspired London Stock Exchange bomb plotter set for early jail release

An Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist who hatched a scheme to blow up the London Stock Exchange has been cleared for release by the UK’s Parole Board.

The Parole Board has said that Mohammed Chowdhury, 33, is no longer a threat to society and has approved his release from prison.

Chowdhury was jailed in 2012 for 13 years and eight months for the 2010 plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange, which was hatched by a small terror cell.

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Despite his vicious intentions,The Mirrorreported that the Parole Board today (March 20) that a panel has ordered his release.

Having been released in 2018, then again in 2019 on parole, but recalled twice, Chowdhury has been deemed fit for release after he was found to have moved away from extremism while in custody.

Chowdhury was part of a terror gang that planned to detonate home-made pipe bombs at several important locations, including the London Stock Exchange.

The cell plotted to send five bombs in the post during the run up to Christmas 2010 and discussed launching a coordinated shooting and bombing attack in a "Mumbai-style" atrocity.

A hand-written target list found at Chowdhury's home in London with his fingerprints on it contained the names and addresses of then Mayor Boris Johnson, two rabbis, the American Embassy and the Stock Exchange.

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Chowdhury, described as the lynchpin of the gang, was seen by British security services scouting tourist sites including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye.

Chowdhury and three others pleaded guilty to intending to commit "an act of terrorism, engaging in conduct in preparation to produce and detonate an explosive device in the London Stock Exchange".

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During the 2012 sentencing, a judge said of the Chowdury and the group: “They were determined to carry out some high profile violent terrorist action even though untrained and, in effect, complete novices and without any meaningful consideration of how they might avoid the security at their chosen target.

“Chowdhury is a compulsive self-publicist and is incapable of masking his true intentions.”

The Daily Star has contacted the Parole Board for comment.


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