THE Australian and English cricket teams were to be killed with sarin gas by some of those responsible for the July 7 attacks in London, a friend of a terrorist claims.
The man, known as Ahmed Hafiz, has told The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain that two of the suicide bombers involved in last July’s attacks were to have been part of an al-Qaeda plot to kill the two cricket sides, News Limited papers have reported.
Hafiz claims the men, Mohammed Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, were instructed in 2004 to get jobs as stewards at Edgbaston, the venue for the second Ashes Test on August 4 last year.
They were then to pump sarin – a highly toxic nerve gas – into the two teams’ dressing rooms during the game.
Mr Hafiz said cricket lover Tanweer objected to the attack, causing a fight between the two men.
“Tanweer had (Khan) in a headlock, and the fight had to be broken up by the chaperone,”? he said.
Hafiz said that even after the July 7 attacks were planned, the plot to poison the players at Edgbaston was still being considered as a back-up.
He claims to have learnt about the plans from members of his extended family who are involved in running a terrorist training camp in Kashmir.