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U.K. convicts 3 in airliner bomb plot

A jury convicts three British Muslims of conspiring to murder hundreds of people as part of a plot to blow up passenger planes over the Atlantic.

A jury convicted three British Muslims on Thursday of conspiring to murder hundreds of people as part of a plot to blow up passenger planes over the Atlantic.

Ibrahim Savant, 29, Arafat Waheed Khan, 29, and Waheed Zaman, 26 were found guilty at London's Woolwich Crown Court after a three-month trial. They will be sentenced Monday and face life imprisonment.

Prosecutors said the men were part of a group that planned to detonate liquid explosive bombs hidden in soft drink bottles on aircraft bound for the United States and Canada in 2006, an attack that could have killed people on the scale of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The plot was broken up when suspects were scooped up in raids in London and the surrounding area in August 2006.

The foiled attack grounded hundreds of flights and changed air travel for good, as airline authorities put strict restrictions on the quantity of liquids passengers can carry in their luggage — limits that remain in place.