A terror suspect who enrolled at Liverpool John Moores University to get his visa has gone on trial in New York.

Abid Naseer, 28, is suspected of plotting terror attacks in Manchester, New York and Denmark.

The alleged al Qaida member may also have examined Liverpool One shopping centre as a potential target.

He was briefly enrolled at Liverpool John Moores and was one of 12 men originally arrested in April 2009 in counter-terrorism raids in Liverpool and Manchester.

He was released without charge and subsequently won the right to stay in Britain, but was rearrested in 2010 after US authorities issued a warrant and was extradited to the US in 2013.

Witnesses in the New York trial will include British secret agents who will wear wigs and make-up in the witness box to conceal their identities.

The agents conducted surveillance on Naseer and other terror suspects in Britain before their arrests in April 2009.

In opening statements in his trial, US attorney Celia Cohen told jurors that Naseer, who is representing himself, led a cell in Manchester where he attended college as part of his cover and communicated in coded emails with his al Qaeda handler about plans to attack a shopping mall.

She said: “That was the whole point of the western operatives. They knew how to blend in and conduct reconnaissance and pick the best target.”

She said their intention was to “repeat the devastation of 9/11”.