A terrorist from Queens told a British court yesterday that fellow plotters wanted to use poisoned burgers and beer to kill sports fans at soccer stadiums.
Mohammed Junaid Babar, 31, a former pharmacy student from Jamaica, Queens, has become the star witness in the trial of seven men charged with conspiring to make bombs using chemical fertilizer.
Babar pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to terrorism charges in 2004 and has been given immunity in Britain in exchange for his testimony.
Babar headed for Afghanistan to fight Americans right after 9/11, despite the fact that his mother nearly died in the World Trade Center attacks. He said he was in Pakistan from 2001 to 2003.
He said Waheed Mahmood, 34, from Crawley, England, suggested the poison plot.
“He had a mobile vending cart, a van selling burgers … and you could just poison them,” Babar recalled.
Having sampled the fare on offer from the various burger carts in and around QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium, I can vouch for the ingenuity of this scheme. If several dozen fans were to drop dead, terrorism is the last thing anyone would suspect.
And on that happy note, QPR, travelling today to that hotbed of goodwill and sensible behavior, Ninian Park, are tied at 0-0 with Cardiff City after the first half.