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By The Los Angeles Times

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

LONDON — Six men pleaded guilty on Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack that failed only because the far-right rally they were targeting in central England ended before they arrived.

Police discovered the plot when they searched the men's car during a routine traffic check. Inside the trunk was a cache of weapons that included machetes, knives, sawed-off shotguns and at least one crude bomb packed with nails.

The men pleaded guilty just days after the sentencing of another group of aspiring Islamic terrorists in Britain. In that case, the plotters were planning an attack intended to rival the 2005 transit bombings in London that killed 52 people. The ringleader of the group was sentenced to life in prison. The defendants in both cases are from the Birmingham area in central England, although the two plots do not appear to have been related.

The six men who entered guilty pleas in a London court had decided to go on a rampage through a June 30 rally conducted by a far-right anti-Muslim group, the English Defense League, police said. The plotters drove to the rally site with their weapons but arrived to find that the gathering had broken up because one of the featured speakers was a no-show.

 

 
 


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