Iranian backed terrorists were caught stockpiling thousands of pounds of bomb-making materials in a secret bomb factory in London in 2015 — shortly after the Iran nuclear deal was secured.
The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday that thousands of small ice packs containing ammonium nitrate — the same compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing — were discovered at the bomb factory.
The discovery came just a few months after the Iran nuclear deal was signed in the summer of 2015 and was run by the Iranian-backed Islamic terrorist organization Hezbollah.
An investigation by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command revealed that "the UK storage was not in isolation but part of an international Hezbollah plot to lay the groundwork for future attacks."
The terrorist organization had reportedly been caught multiple times around the world storing ice packs for terrorist plots; one particular case in Cyprus helped prove that was the reason the ice packs in London were compiled. The Telegraph reports:
There, a 26-year-old man called Hussein Bassam Abdallah, a dual Lebanese and Canadian national, was caught caching more than 65,000 ice packs in a basement.
During interrogation he had admitted to being a member of Hizbollah’s military wing, saying he had once been trained to use an AK47 assault rifle.
Abdallah said the 8.2 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored was for terrorist attacks. He pleaded guilty and was given a six year prison sentence in June 2015.
In Abdallah’s luggage police found two photocopies of a forged British passport. Cypriot police say they did not tip Britain off to the London cell, though some foreign government did.
MI5's investigation reportedly lasted months with then-Prime Minister David Cameron and then-Home Secretary Theresa May both being briefed on the government's intelligence gathering operation.
The terrorist plot was caught in an early planning stage, and in late September law enforcement officials executed search warrants on raids on multiple properties in North West London.
Ben Riley-Smith, who broke the story for The Telegraph, raised the question about why the British government hid the information from Members of Parliament and from the public — and if it had something to do with the Iran nuclear deal.
"This all raises two key questions for the Government," Riley-Smith tweeted. "1) Why weren’t MPs told? There was a major debate about whether Hezbollah should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation. For years the Gov refused to. Would this have changed the debate? (Ban eventually came in Feb 2019)."
"2) Was decision to keep it secret linked at all to desire to keep the Iran nuclear deal afloat?" Riley-Smith added. "While US admin under Trump soured on the deal in part due to Iran proxy behaviour, Britain was backing it. (Yet the public didn’t know of a Hezbollah terror plot in London.)"