‘Group tried to get £20,000 payday loan,’ terror trial told

A GROUP accused of planning a huge suicide terrorist attack tried to get thousands of pounds of loans, including £20,000 from a payday lender, a court heard yesterday.

A GROUP accused of planning a huge suicide terrorist attack tried to get thousands of pounds of loans, including £20,000 from a payday lender, a court heard yesterday.

The group, allegedly led by Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, also tried to take out business loans worth £33,000 by posing as small company owners and self-employed traders, their trial at Woolwich Crown Court was told.

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The trial has heard they raised £12,000 by posing as Muslim Aid charity street collectors.

At the time, the three men on trial are alleged to have been planning and fundraising for a series of suicide bombs in an attack that could have been bigger than the 7 July, 2005, atrocities.

The trial continues.