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Militant who planned ‘apocalyptic’ attack jailed

Image copyright PA Image caption Abdul-Khaliq was arrested in Hythe, Kent, on 11 July

A man who pleaded guilty to building his own lethal grenade launchers, handheld automatic pistols and small automatic rifles has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Abdul-Khaliq Abdul-Khaliq, 35, said he intended to use them to protect himself and his family from a post-apocalyptic attack.

A jury in Southwark Crown Court took less than an hour to find him guilty of the 12 charges against him.

His supporters used the Old Bailey court as a makeshift mosque, meaning the verdict was delivered in Arabic and Punjabi.

Police found two light-armoured personnel carriers containing the homemade weapons at his home on Isleworth Road, Hythe, Kent, in July last year.

Detective Superintendent Gerry Heraghty, head of Kent Police’s major crime unit, said they were made from PVC piping, and described how they could have potentially been used against rivals in a street-to-street fighting incident.

“During his trial, Abdul-Khaliq informed the court he had built these weapons in his own living room using staples, glue and his home-made detonators,” he said.

Image copyright Kent Police Image caption Police seized two makeshift tanks from Abdul-Khaliq’s home

“He had stated that he planned to use the vehicles, either in a street-to-street fighting event or to smuggle them into Afghanistan to serve as aid aid.

“Despite his pleas of guilty, these weapons are extremely dangerous. By allowing them to be used and to possess them, he has endangered his own life as well as other people.”

Police raided Abdul-Khaliq’s home after intelligence from MI5 in March 2017.

He was remanded into custody after a trial in December last year.

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