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Terror manual 'at city home' TRIAL: Court told of instructions on bombs, weapons and poisons.

Byline: By Mark Cowan AT LEICESTER CROWN COURT

A TERRORIST training manual found in the home of one of the men accused of being in a plot to send equipment to terror groups in Pakistan contained details of bomb-making, boobytraps and poisons, a court heard.

Police found two discs containing material entitled "Encyclopedia Jihad" in a carrier bag in a bedroom wardrobe of Zahoor Iqbal's home following his arrest last January, it was told.

The full details of the contents of the manual were revealed to the jury in the terror trial at Leicester Crown Court.

Outlining a statement of background facts, Duncan Atkinson, prosecuting, said the discs contained US Army field manuals, chapters on explosives, boobytraps, weapons and grenades.

There were also details on how to make disposable silencers, electronic surveillance techniques, Middle Eastern terrorist bomb designs and and a 77-page document called the Mujahadeen Explosives Book.

A section entitled Mujahadeen Poisons Book detailed how to make various deadly substances and the dosage required, claiming "all have been tried and tested successfully", the court was told.

Mr Atkinson told the jury that the fingerprints of fanatic Parviz Khan were found on the discs.

Khan was described on the opening day of the trial as being at the centre of a terrorist cell in Birmingham who was sending equipment to terror groups in Pakistan and was also behind a plot to kidnap and behead a soldier.

However, Mr Atkinson said Iqbal's fingerprints were not found on either disc.

Iqbal, 30, of Elmbridge Road, Perry Barr, denies possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist, namely the Encyclopedia Jihad disc.

He is standing trial alongside Amjad Mahmood, 32, of Jackson Road, Alum Rock.

Both men deny helping Khan supply equipment to Pakistan for use in terrorist activities.

Mahmood also denies failing to disclose information which he knew or believed might help prevent Khan's kidnap plot.

Khan, 37, of Foxton Road, Alum Rock, has pleaded guilty to charges under the Terrorism Act of sending equipment abroad and plotting to kill a soldier.

The jury also heard evidence that two cold heat soldering kits had been bought from Costco in Nechells on Mahmood's store account in November, 2006.

West Midlands Police officer Det Con Sham Uppal said investigations showed that two kits found among equipment at Khan's home were "identical" to those sold at the cash and carry.

The court also heard that police comparisons between items, including rubber gloves, first aid kits and batteries, brought by Mahmood from Blakemore's cash and carry, Halesowen, and those found in Khan's home and among goods shipped to Pakistan found no identical matches.

Earlier, the court was told that a search of the Birmingham house of Khan found a range of material on al Qaida and anti-western propaganda.

Khan was arrested at his property on January 31 last year.

When officers searched the premises they found computer equipment and CDs with a variety of files on religious fundamentalists, the Crown Court was told.

Mr Atkinson told jurors: "The computer base unit contained many files which demonstrated that its user had an interest in the Islamic faith. There were also files which showed an interest in al Qaida."

(Proceeding)

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TERROR ALERT... police seal off the street after they raided a house in Foxton Road, Alum Rock, last year and the accused (from left) Parviz Khan, Zahoor Iqbal and Amjad Mahmood.
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