Via Daily Telegraph:
The alleged terrorist cell, based in Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff and London is said to be linked to the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun and its off-shoot Islam4UK.
Sources say the gang was planning a “spectacular” attack on commercial sites such as banks and shops along with “iconic” sites in London.
They were arrested after months of surveillance by MI5 as they prepared to launch their attacks in the week before Christmas, sources said.
The group of mainly British nationals of Bangladeshi origin, is said to have links with Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical al-Qaeda preacher based in Yemen.
It emerged yesterday that three men arrested were apparently radicalised while serving time in prison.