Teenager attempted to buy car
bomb off dark web
November 13, 2017
19 year-old man from Wolverhampton has been found guilty of
attempting to import explosives on the dark web with intent to
endanger life after an investigation led by the National Crime
Agency’s Armed Operations Unit (AOU).
Gurtej Randhawa of Grove Lane, Wightwick was arrested in May
2017 after he took delivery of a package he thought was a
remote-detonated explosive device.
Intelligence indicated Randhawa had attempted to purchase a
Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) from the dark
web. NCA officers replaced the package with an inert dummy
device, before allowing it to be delivered to the address
provided by Randhawa.
observed Randhawa testing the device and arrested him on
suspicion of attempting to possess an explosive substance with
intent to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.
Two women – aged 45 and 18 – were arrested at the same time but
have since been released with no further action.
He had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to import
explosives and was found guilty yesterday of maliciously
possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life
or cause serious injury at Birmingham Crown Court.
He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 12
Tim Gregory from the
NCA’s Armed Operations Unit said: “The explosive device Randhawa
sought to purchase online had the potential to cause serious
damage and kill many people if he had been successful in using
“He was not involved in an organized crime group or linked to
terrorism, but is clearly an individual who poses a significant
risk to the community.
“Identifying people like Randhawa – who seek to access illegal
firearms and weapons – is a priority for the NCA and we will not
stop in our efforts to make sure they are arrested and held
accountable for their actions”.
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