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Originally published Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

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UK bomb plotter wife acquitted of withholding info

The estranged wife of a convicted bomb plotter has been cleared of withholding knowledge of his plans.

The Associated Press

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LONDON —

The estranged wife of a convicted bomb plotter has been cleared of withholding knowledge of his plans.

A London jury on Friday acquitted 23-year-old Salma Kabal of failing to disclose information to police.

Her husband, Ashik Ali, is one of three men convicted in February over an al-Qaida-inspired plot to explode knapsack bombs in Britain.

Eleven men have been convicted over the plot, which one conspirator was recorded saying would be "another 9/11."

Kabal was charged after police recorded her talking with her husband shortly before his arrest in 2011.

She insisted she had never believed he was a terrorist, and thought his talk of jihad was an attempt to leave their marriage.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beal of West Midlands Police said the force respected the jury's decision.

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