Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Manchester Airport pipe bomb plot: Nadeem Muhammad guilty of trying to smuggle pipe bomb

A man has been found guilty of trying to smuggle a pipe bomb on to a plane at Manchester Airport.

The "crude improvised explosive device" was found in Nadeem Muhammad's luggage as he passed security on 30 January.

There have been calls for an inquiry after police initially failed to detect the device was "potentially viable" and he was allowed to board a plane.

Muhammad was found guilty of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life at Manchester Crown Court.

The 43-year-old, of Tinline Street, was born in Pakistan and holds an Italian passport.
He was attempting to board a Ryanair flight to Bergamo in northern Italy when the item was discovered. He told airport officials that someone else had put it in his luggage.

The court heard how he was questioned by police but not arrested.

He then returned to the airport on 5 February and flew to Italy.

A forensic examination of the device, which was made from batteries, wire, masking tape and a marker pen tube, later found it was "potentially viable", the jury was told.

BBC    News.