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Fertilizer was for J&K attacks: Terror accused

india Updated: Sep 27, 2006 23:03 IST

An alleged member of a British Al-Qaeda cell, facing charges of conspiring to carry out bombings in Britain using ammonium nitrate has admitted buying the fertilizer for bomb, but claimed it was meant for shipping to Pakistan for attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Twentyfour-year-old Anthony Garcia, who is facing the charges along with six others, on Tuesday told the Old Bailey court that he was asked to buy the material in November 2003 by one of his co-defendants, Omar Khyam.

He told the court that the ammonium nitrate was meant for shipping to Pakistan to carry out explosions in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Khyam said the brothers in Pakistan have asked me to get some fertilizer and ship it out to them."

"He said he could not do it because he is Asian and might arouse some suspicion," Garcia said.

Garcia had previously told the court how he started fundraising for terrorists in Kashmir after watching a video about alleged atrocities against Muslims.

"At the time I thought it was really the same as fundraising because I thought it was going to help people in Kashmir—to be used as an explosive, as a bomb... It would be basically to protect the villages under attack from the Indian soldiers," he said.