'Silent bomber' plotter who planned London terror attack has sentence cut

Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan Image copyright PA
Image caption Mohammed Rehman and Sana Ahmed Khan were found guilty of preparing terrorist acts

A woman who plotted a terror attack in London had her minimum jail term reduced from 25 to 23 years on appeal.

Sana Ahmed Khan, from Wokingham, was found guilty of preparing terrorist acts with her husband Mohammed Rehman.

On social media he discussed targeting the London Underground and the Westfield shopping centre under the name "Silent Bomber".

Judges at the Court of Appeal said Khan's "previous law abiding life" was the only reason to reduce her sentence.

But they added that Mr Justice Baker "was clearly entitled to conclude both that Khan was dangerous and that a sentence of life imprisonment was required".

'Encouraged husband'

Jailing them both for life at the Old Bailey in December, he told Rehman he had been "determined to fulfil the Islamic State's call for jihad".

Mr Justice Baker told Khan: "It was you who became interested in the theological justification of its aims, and thereafter encouraged Mohammed Rehman to pursue its ideology."

The couple's trial had heard how bomb-making chemicals were found at Rehman's Reading home, where he had filmed himself setting off a small explosion in the back garden.

He had been planning an attack to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 7 July London bombings, the trial was told.

The role of 24-year-old Khan was to fund the chemicals needed to make a "huge" bomb.

Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption A photo of a tweet by Rehman saying a homemade explosive was his "key to paradise"

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