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Man convicted of planning attack on UK politicians

Khalid Ali was apprehended outside Parliament in London, caught carrying three knives.

Picture: SAPS

LONDON – A British man has been convicted of planning a terror attack on UK politicians and making bombs for the Taliban.

The 28-year-old plumber had been monitored by security services after he returned from Afghanistan.

Khalid Ali was apprehended outside Parliament in London, caught carrying three knives.

Five days earlier he was monitored outside the headquarters of the British secret services, parliament and government departments. His mother contacted the authorities after she found four knives in his bedroom.

Prosecutors say that he planned a murderous attack to send a message to the British authorities.

The court heard he’d travelled to Afghanistan in 2011 and spent five years making bombs to maim and kill coalition troops.

He will be sentenced in a month.