Terror cell members who dubbed themselves the “Three Musketeers” have been found guilty of plotting a bomb and knife attack.
Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman were convicted unanimously following an Old Bailey trial partly held in secret.
A fourth defendant, Tahir Aziz, 38, was also found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.
The court heard the gang, from the West Midlands, were poised to strike police and military targets on British soil.
They were arrested in Birmingham in August last year after MI5 bugged Ali’s car and discovered a pipe bomb and meat cleaver hidden in a sports bag.
It prompted a major security alert and the area around Florence St close to the city centre went into lockdown with the Army’s bomb squad tasked with making sure the bomb would not explode.
Ali, 29, Khobaib Hussain, 25, and Mohibur Rahman, 33, claimed the evidence was planted by an undercover officer called Vincent who posed as the boss of a fake firm called Hero Couriers.
But they were found guilty after 22 hours of jury deliberations.