Ashes Gas Plot

By Rob Last edited 200 months ago
Ashes Gas Plot

The big news over the weekend was that the 7 July bombers had also planned to target the Australian cricket team during last year's Ashes.

The aim was "to spray sarin gas into the dressing rooms at Edgbaston", but the plan was apparently abandoned at the behest of "cricket-loving terrorist" Shehzad Tanweer.

A man using the pseudonym Ahmed Hafiz told The Sunday Times al-Qaeda commanders had ordered as far back as 2004 that the Australian and English cricket teams be killed.

The bombers were instructed to get jobs as stewards at the Edgbaston ground before the second Test began on August 4.

The group were to have pumped sarin gas - a highly toxic nerve agent regarded as one of the world's most dangerous chemical weapons - into the dressing rooms.

Hafiz also claims that Shehzad Tanweer's reluctance to miurder his cricketing idols resulted in a punch up with Mohammed Sidique Khan, who later died on 7 July:

Tanweer had (Khan) in a headlock, and the fight had to be broken up by the chaperone.

Last Updated 09 October 2006