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Tweeting terror couple in UK get life sentences

London: A couple who plotted a deadly terror attack in London to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the July 7 bombings of 2005 have each been given life sentences.

Mr Justice Baker on Wednesday told Mohammed Rehman, 25, and his now ex-wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, that the radicalised extremists were a significant danger to the public.

Mohammed Rehman and his then wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, were interested in helping Islamic State extremists by planning a ...
Mohammed Rehman and his then wife, Sana Ahmed Khan, were interested in helping Islamic State extremists by planning a large-scale bombing of civilian targets in London. Photo: Thames Valley Police

The couple, who were separated by two prison guards in the dock, were expressionless and stared straight ahead as they sat quietly at the Old Bailey.

The jury unanimously found the couple guilty of preparing an act of terrorism in May this year.

The bus destroyed by a bomb in London on July 7, 2005.
The bus destroyed by a bomb in London on July 7, 2005.  Photo: AP

Rehman was sentenced to life with a minimum of 27 years. He was also sentenced to 12 years to run concurrently for possessing an article for terrorist purposes.

Khan was sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years.

Police at Russell Square underground station, London, on the day it reopened after the July 7, 2005, attacks.
Police at Russell Square underground station, London, on the day it reopened after the July 7, 2005, attacks.  Photo: AP

They were convicted after the husband sent out tweets asking for advice on which targets he should hit, alerting police to a stockpile of chemicals at their home.

"Westfield shopping centre or London Underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly," Rehman said on Twitter, under the name "Silent Bomber".

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