Pak-origin man jailed for trying to smuggle a pipe bomb onto a Manchester to Italy flight
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 24-Aug-2017
London, August 24: Europe seems to have become the target of terrorism after numerous violent attacks. Recently, a 43-year old Pakistani origin man has tried to smuggle a pipe bomb on to a flight from Manchester and Italy, has sentenced to 18 years in prison, reported the local media.
Nadeem Muhammad was found to be carrying the "crude explosive device" when he was searched as he tried to board a flight to Bergamo on January 30. Security officers found the bomb, made from batteries, tape, a marker pen and pins, in the zip lining of a small green suitcase he was carrying.
Sentencing him, Judge Patrick Field was quoted by the report as saying that the court had heard no evidence of a motive? whether political, religious or terrorist? but that Muhammad’s actions had shown an intention to cause harm to life and therefore deserved a long prison sentence.
During the trial at Manchester crown court, the jury heard that Muhammad, who was born in Pakistan but had an Italian passport, had intended to detonate the device on the Ryanair flight. Airport security swabbed the confiscated device but found no trace of explosives, so concluded it was not dangerous.
Explosives experts found it was a "crude but potentially viable improvised explosive device" containing nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose. Muhammad was arrested when he returned to the UK on February 12. Muhammad was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment with an extension period of five years on licence.