An Islamic terrorist cell made up of two NHS doctors used rickshaws to flee the scene after leaving two car bombs parked in London’s West End, a jury was told Friday.
Bilal Abdulla, 29, and Kafeel Ahmed, 28, drove one of the vehicles outside a packed nightclub and the other in front of a late night bus stop in the hope of creating a “spectacular” attack that would leave hundreds dead and maimed, Woolwich Crown Court was told.
The cars, packed with nails, gas canisters and petrol, were left in the capital on June 29 last year but failed to explode because the initiation devices did not work properly.
On the second day of the prosecution’s opening, Jonathan Laidlaw, said the two men were filmed on CCTV leaving the area in the early hours of that morning.
Ahmed, who later died in a homicide car bomb attack at Glasgow Airport, was photographed throwing an umbrella he was said to have used to hide his face from cameras in a bin.
At 1:39 a.m. he was filmed getting on to a rickshaw in Piccadilly Circus. Abdulla was said to have taken the same type of transport to flee the area.
The men were then said to have met up in Edgware Road shortly after 2 a.m., just 30 minutes after they had left the car bombs.