A man who tried to smuggle a pipe bomb on to a Ryanair aircraft at Manchester airport has been jailed for 18 years.

The “crude improvised explosive device” was found in Nadeem Muhammad’s luggage as he passed security on January 30 to try to board a flight to Bergamo in Italy.

Police initially failed to detect the device was “potentially viable”.

Muhammad, 43, of Bury, denied possessing explosives with intent to endanger life but was found guilty by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

He was attempting to board the flight when the item was discovered and told airport officials someone else had put it in his luggage.

Muhammad, of Tinline Street, Bury, was born in Pakistan and holds an Italian passport, the BBC reported.

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