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The gang was described as a “homegrown terrorist cell”, with all 11 arrested and charged being of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin.
One of the plotters allegedly described plans to detonate eight rucksack bombs in suicide attacks as “another 9/11”, after making martyrdom videos at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
“One of them was even to describe their plan as another 9/11.”
It is alleged that during terrorist training in Pakistan, Naseer and Khalid were taught how to make weapons and poisons — techniques they hoped to deploy in this country.
They both made martyrdom videos in Pakistan, the court heard, and returned to Britain in July last year.
"My home is the UK. As a Muslim, that's the place I'd happily die for and kill for. That's the same way it's going to remain until my dying day.
"My entire soul belongs to the UK and I'm more than proud to fight for this country."