Terror-accused Brit Muslims claim they made Jihad video for 'bit of fun'
London, Feb. 24 (ANI): Three British Muslims men have been alleged to be "intoxicated by the evil of terrorism" after a home video showing them allegedly "preparing for holy war" surfaced.
One of the trio claimed they made the film in the back garden of a house as a "bit of fun".
Manchester Crown Court was shown the footage in which the trio appears brandishing guns and two of the group practising combat crawling in a park in the Lancashire town.
Abbas Iqbal, 24, younger brother Ilyas, 23, and Muhammed Ali Ahmed, 26, have been accused of terrorism offences.
According to the prosecution, the three men applauded Al Qaeda and set about teaching themselves about guerrilla warfare.
"These three had formed a group which styled itself the Blackburn Resistance and which supported Jihadi terrorism. Some aspects of the material may at first seem almost comical in its amateurishness," the Daily Star quoted Edward Brown QC, prosecuting, as saying.
"But when you recall their purpose it is less funny. The prosecution does not suggest that this group was a highly- sophisticated, well-trained or well-funded terrorist cell."
"The prosecution does suggest, however, that these three young men from Blackburn had become intoxicated by the evil of terrorism and had started to train themselves to join or carry out Jihad," he added.
One handwritten note seized from the trio says: "My aim is to Jihad [holy war] until my last breath and give myself in sacrifice."
Iqbal was arrested at Manchester Airport with another man before they boarded a flight to northern Europe, while Ilyas and Ahmed were also arrested after police searched their homes. (ANI)