By Julia White for

Story ImageAN Islamist fanatic hatched a terrorist plot to kidnap a Muslim British soldier enjoying a night out and behead him “like a pig”.

Parviz Khan, from Birmingham, then intended to release footage of the killing on the internet, a jury at Leicester Crown Court was told.

He pleaded guilty to plotting to kidnapp and kill two weeks ago.

Three other men Basiru Gassama, 30, Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, have admitted to offences in relation to Khan's plot.

Amjad Mahmood, 32, and Zahoor Iqbal, 30, have denied any involvement.

Basiru Gassama, 30, pleaded guilty to planning to kidnap and kill a soldier

Prosecutor Nigel Rumfitt QC told the jury that Khan of Alum Rock, Birmingham, hoped to kidnap a British Muslim soldier in Birmingham’s Broad Street entertainment quarter with the help of drug dealers.

Mr Rumfitt told the court: “He would be taken to a lock-up garage and there he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig.

“This atrocity would be filmed... and the film released to cause panic and fear within the British armed forces and the wider public.”

The court was told that Khan was at the centre of a terrorist “cell” or network based in the Birmingham area.

Khan was said to be active in gathering items, including computer hard drives, range-finders and night vision equipment, to be sent out to Pakistan for use by terrorists operating near the Afghan border.

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