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Al-Qaeda convict flew into Britain wearing shoe-bomb

Published on Mar 12, 2014 7:51 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - A British terror convict flew from Pakistan to London wearing a shoe-bomb that he was supposed to detonate on a United States (US) passenger jet, a New York trial heard on Tuesday.

Star prosecution witness Saajid Badat, testifying at the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, revealed he flew via the Netherlands wearing the bomb.

Once back in Britain in December 2001 he was supposed to fly across the Atlantic and bomb a domestic US flight, but a reunion with his parents, after three years in Afghanistan, changed his mind.

"It was then I decided to back out of the mission," said Badat. He emailed his handler in Karachi to withdraw, but kept the bomb.

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