UK Court Jails Man for 18 Years Over Plotting Blast on Passenger Jet

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A UK court has sentenced Nadeem Muhammad to 18 years in jail convicting him of plotting a terror attack on board of a Ryanair flight departing from Manchester Airport, local media reported Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to The Telegraph, Muhammad, an Italian citizen of Pakistani descent, was trying to smuggle a pipe bomb on his flight to Italy inside a suitcase in January. Initially, Manchester Airport security officers and police failed to arrest the suspect on the spot, deciding that the explosive was not viable.

The perpetrator was arrested later, in February, after UK counterterrorism agents found that the device could be potentially dangerous. At this point, he had visited Italy and returned back to Manchester.

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Announcing the verdict, the judge condemned the complacency of security officers and expressed his hope that the airport employees involved would see disciplinary punishment for their professional negligence, the news outlet reported.

The convicted claimed he had never seen the bomb and denied all terrorism charges.

The United Kingdom has suffered a number of terror attacks over the recent months. The country is currently on a "severe" threat level for international terrorism, meaning that an attack is highly likely. The UK media reported in late May that the UK intelligence services had investigated some 23,000 individuals with extremist views considered to pose a potential terrorist threat.

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