22nd July 2007
Jailed terrorist Dhiren Barot was treated in hospital for burns under armed guard
One of Britain's most dangerous terrorists, Dhiren Barot, has been treated in hospital for severe injuries inflicted in prison.
The 35-year-old was jailed for life last year after plotting to blow up New York and London.
He was admitted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary more than a week ago but his stay in the hospital - as well as his identity - was kept secret to protect medical staff and other patients.
He is believed to have been scalded in Frankland Prison, Durham, and needed specialist treatment for burns.
Police mounted round-the-clock security around the terrorist, who was kept away from other patients, including armed officers and the Air Support Unit.
Barot had initially been examined at the infirmary on Monday and returned to prison the same evening. He was taken to the hospital again the next day for prolonged treatment to the burns. Any further treatment will now take place in the prison hospital.
The jail attack is being investigated by Durham Police and the prison authorities.
Superintendent Jo Farrell, who led the security operation, said: "I must thank the hospital staff, prison staff, patients, members of the public and the media for their cooperation and assistance which allowed this sensitive operation to pass off without incident."
Barot, 35, was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for planning to plant radioactive, chemical or toxic gas bombs and pack limousines with nails and explosives in the UK and America.
The al Qaida mastermind had been moved to Frankland Prison from Belmarsh in London after fears for his safety.
Barot was arrested in August 2004 and accused of conspiracy to murder.
He admitted planning to bomb several targets including the New York Stock Exchange, the International Monetary Fund HQ, and the World Bank.
Barot, who recruited other bomb plotters, was sentenced to life in prison last November. It was recommended he serve 40 years but that was cut to 30 years on appeal in May.
Barot was born in India then moved to Kenya with his family.
They came to England in 1973 and his banker father had to work in a factory to support them.
Hindu Barot converted to Islam aged 20. He later travelled to Pakistan for al Qaida training and funding.