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Doctor sentenced for bomb plots

Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

LONDON – A British jury Tuesday found a doctor from an Iraqi family guilty of plotting to murder on a mass scale in failed car bomb attacks last year in London and Glasgow.

Bilal Abdulla, 29, who practiced medicine in Britain, drove a Mercedes sedan packed with gas cylinders and nails into central London in June 2007 with the intent of killing hundreds, the prosecution said. After the homemade car bomb he had parked outside a crowded nightclub failed to detonate, Abdulla joined an attempted suicide attack the next day targeting Glasgow’s airport, according to prosecutors.

He faces life in prison in connection with both attacks and is to be sentenced Wednesday.

Born in Britain to Iraqi parents, Abdulla was accused of wanting to take revenge for friends, relatives and other civilians killed in Iraq by British and U.S. troops.

The terrorist case involving medical professionals sworn to save lives has shocked and unnerved many people here.

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