Pakistani student found guilty by US court of heading Al Qaeda cell that plotted bomb attacks

A Pakistani student at the helm of an British Al Qaeda cell has been found guilty of plotting to bomb a Manchester shopping centre and the New York subway.

Abid Naseer, who stood trial in the U.S after being extradited from Britain, was convicted of preparing to drive a car bomb into the Arndale centre during the height of the Easter shopping season in 2009, in a plan which could have killed ‘hundreds’ of innocent people.

The 28-year-old was also convicted of separate plots on the New York subway and a Copenhagen newspaper office that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Brooklyn’s Federal Court was told that ‘hundreds of innocent men, women and children’ could have died, had Naseer been able to carry out the bombings.