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British al-Qaida operative gets life in prison

By Washington Post
Published November 8, 2006


LONDON - An al-Qaida operative who planned to bomb the World Bank in Washington and the New York Stock Exchange as well as other landmarks in the United States and Britain was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Dhiren Barot, 34, a former airline ticket clerk and Muslim convert, was arrested in London in 2004 and pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mass murder.

"You were planning to bring indiscriminate carnage, bloodshed and butchery ... on a colossal and unprecedented scale," Judge Neil Butterfield told an impassive Barot in a London courtroom.

His sentence provides the possibility of parole after 40 years.

According to prosecutors, Barot planned to blow up London hotels and train stations, and the New York Stock Exchange, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund headquarters, the Citigroup building in New York and the Prudential building in Newark, N.J.

Barot, born in India and raised in Britain, faces extradition to the United States on terror charges.

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