Islamic militants learned bomb-making, Australian court told

Other News Materials 30 April 2008 10:52 (UTC +04:00)

Islamic militants planning terrorist attacks in Melbourne learned bomb-making from an undercover police officer, a court was told Wednesday.

The jury in the trial of Algerian-born cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika and his 11 followers viewed a videotape of the training session captured by a hidden camera, dpa reported.

Giving evidence by phone, the officer said he had been issued with the bomb kit, made up of gelignite, a 2-metre fuse and a detonator, by the Victoria Police.

Earlier this month the jury heard that Benbrika and his associates planned to bomb the 100,000 spectators at Australia's 2005 rugby final in Melbourne.

The police officer, who told the group he was Turkish-born Ahmet Sonmez, met Benbrika at a prayer meeting and later told him he had contacts who could source explosives.