Thursday, August 10, 2006

British police thwart aircraft bomb plot

British police and intelligence service have most foiled a major terror attack, aiming to blow up several airplanes in transit, presumably hoping to create a bigger catastrophe than 9/11. Police have rounded up the suspects and are investigating the situation while both Britain and the USA have raised the terror-alert to the highest level!

Of course AP doesn't mention that the suspected terrorists are British born muslims of Pakistani origin... sigh!

British police thwart aircraft bomb plot
LONDON (AP) - British authorities said Thursday they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in carry-on luggage. British Airways canceled all flights between London's Heathrow airport and all points in Britain, Europe and Libya for the day.

Britain's Home Secretary John Reid said 21 people had been arrested in London, its suburbs and in Birmingham, including the alleged "main players" in the plot.

Huge crowds formed at security barriers at Heathrow as officials searching for explosives barred nearly every form of liquid outside of baby formula.

Officials raised security to its highest level in Britain and banned hand-carried luggage on all trans-Atlantic flights.

The extreme measures at a major international aviation hub sent ripple effects throughout the world. Heathrow airport was closed to most flights from Europe.

The U.S. government responded by raising its threat alert to its highest level for commercial flights from Britain to the United States amid fears the plot had not been completely crushed. The alert for all flights coming or going from the United States was also raised slightly.

In Washington, two U.S. counterterrorism officials said the terrorists had targeted United, American and Continental airlines. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

A U.S. intelligence official said the plotters had hoped to target flights to major airports in New York, Washington and California, all major summer tourist destinations.

Britain's Home Secretary John Reid said 21 people had been arrested in London, its suburbs and in Birmingham following a lengthy investigation, including the alleged "main players" in the plot. Searches continued in a number of locations.

The suspects were "homegrown," though it was not immediately clear if they were all British citizens, said a police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Police were working closely with the South Asian community, the official said.

The official said the plotters intended to simultaneously target multiple planes bound for the United States.

"We think this was an extraordinarily serious plot and we are confident that we've prevented and attempt to committee mass murder on an unimaginable scale," Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said.

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Michelle Malkin have more information as does The Counterterrorism Blog.

*** UPDATE ***
Exile has an interesting take on the media coverage of The Non-attack on Heathrow.

2 Comments:

Blogger TheSarc said...

New Article: Terrorists "1 for 2" in Airline Murder Plots, Tie Breaker set for 2011

10 August, 2006 17:37  
Anonymous Flashbuck said...

The plot definately seems to be a carbon copy of Operation Bojinka. I?ve written a fairly detailed account about Bojinka. It can be found here: - http://flashbuck.com/2006/07/04/operation-bojinka-and-9-11

11 August, 2006 14:14  

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