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Champagne Socialist
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Terror attack on Glasgow airport
July 1, 2007 - 8:19AM

Two suspected terrorists rammed a four-wheel-drive vehicle into Glasgow airport today in an attack police said was linked to a twin car-bomb plot foiled in London.

"I can confirm that we believe the incident at Glasgow airport is linked to the events in London yesterday," the chief constable in the Glasgow area, Willie Rae, told reporters.

"There are clearly similarities and we can confirm that this is being treated as a terrorist incident."

Rae said the vehicle, a green Jeep Cherokee, was driven at speed into the main glass door entrance to the airport terminal and then exploded in flames. Two men were arrested after the attack, one of whom was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Rae said the suspect was then found to have a "suspect device" hidden on his body, but he would not confirm it was a suicide vest. The hospital briefly had to be evacuated while the device was inspected.

The attack, which Scotland's first minister described as a "terrorist incident", came barely 36 hours after police thwarted a possible al-Qaeda plot in London in which two cars loaded with fuel, gas canisters and nails were left on a busy street in the centre of the capital poised to detonate.

Britain's Home Office announced it had raised the national security alert level to "critical", the highest ranking and one which indicates further attacks are expected imminently.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in office for just four days and already facing a series of security threats, convened a meeting of Britain's top security committee today.

Afterwards he said: "I want all British people to be vigilant and want them to support the police and all the authorities in the difficult decisions that they have to make. I know the British people will stand together united, resolute and strong."

After today's attack, security sources cautioned about further incidents.

There are "people out there who've got the capability and the intent to launch further attacks", a security source said.

Security personnel at sites such as rail terminals, airports, stadiums and shopping centres would be looking to step up protection as a result of the raised alert, he said.

The United States announced today it was boosting security at airports nationwide, although the overall US terrorism threat level would remain the same.

In Glasgow, where one member of the public was injured trying to wrestle the two suspects to the ground, witnesses described those arrested as Asian men and said the car had charged furiously towards the airport entrance.

"It raced across the central reservation and went straight into the building," said taxi driver Ian Crosby outside the terminal. He said a stocky Asian man had got out of the car and was quickly wrestled to the ground by bystanders.

Another witness said the occupants got out of the vehicle after they crashed it into the building and took out cans of petrol that they then used to douse the car, before it went up in flames.

The airport was shut down following the incident.

In London, police scoured hours of CCTV footage and extra squads were deployed on the streets after yesterday's scare.

An intensive counter-terrorism investigation was launched after the discovery in the early hours of yesterday of a metallic green Mercedes packed with up to 60 litres of fuel, several gas canisters and a large quantity of nails.

A mobile phone, which security experts believed might have been a detonation device, was left inside the fume-filled car.

A second Mercedes packed with gas and nails was later found to have been parked just a few hundred metres from the first.

Police said the two vehicles were clearly linked. Both bombs were quickly defused but, had they gone off, would have caused significant injuries and deaths, police said.

The foiled plot came to light two years after a coordinated attack by suicide bombers on London's transport system killed 52 commuters. It appeared to have similarities to an earlier plot in which an al-Qaeda militant planned to blow up gas-filled bombs inside limousines in London and another where a major night club was one of a range of targets.


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Glasgow is my home town, these actions won't make the terrorists very popular there. In fact it may cause problems for the sizeable Asian community in Glasgow.

Thankfully they screwed it up.

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Was it a large explosion at Glasgow considering the two pigs survived? (I dont pay much attention to news these days, especially on weekends) Glad they prevented the bombs in London. If they find the terrorists, they should be shot without delay.

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Glasgow is my home town, these actions won't make the terrorists very popular there. In fact it may cause problems for the sizeable Asian community in Glasgow.

Thankfully they screwed it up.
According to one witness, it was lucky the police got to the guys who drove the car first before the travellers in the airport.

Its a sleepy little town
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Glasgow is my home town, these actions won't make the terrorists very popular there. In fact it may cause problems for the sizeable Asian community in Glasgow.

Thankfully they screwed it up.
Ive read that twice.. last night and now.

Were the terrorists popular there before hand? (Dont answer that)

Champagne Socialist
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Terror plot arrest in Brisbane

July 3, 2007 - 9:19AM

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An eighth suspect connected to a plot to blow up car bombs in London and Scotland has reportedly been arrested in Brisbane.

British police have confirmed an eighth man has been detained but would not say where the man was arrested.

But the Seven Network this morning reported the man was arrested in Brisbane.

Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence and Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson were being briefed on the arrest, Seven reported.

British police said in a statement the man was arrested at an undisclosed location in connection with the investigation into the incidents in London and Glasgow.

"He remains in custody," British police said.

The BBC earlier reported the man was arrested overseas, but did not say in which country.

Doctors held

Two Arab doctors, both licensed to work in Britain, are among the eight people held in connection with the foiled attacks, a police source said.

The source named Bilal Abdulla, who qualified as a doctor in Baghdad in 2004, as one of the men held after ramming a jeep into a Glasgow airport terminal and setting it alight in a spectacular fireball on Saturday.

Mohammed Asha, 26, a second doctor who qualified in Jordan the same year, was arrested with his wife on Saturday evening when unmarked police cars blocked a motorway in northern England to stop their car.

Attacks linked

Scotland Yard police declined to comment on a report on the website Muslim News that another suspect, arrested in Liverpool, was also a doctor, from India.

British authorities say the Glasgow attack and the London bombs are linked, and suspect radical Islamists of being behind them.

None of the suspects has been charged, and police have up to four weeks to question them.

A security source said there was no indication the alleged plot involved bioterrorism or required specialist medical knowledge.

Not 'a surprise'

The source declined to discuss the individuals arrested but said that in previous investigations "we have seen people who are well educated, from good middle-class backgrounds. I don't think it's a surprise."

Britain's National Health Service employs large numbers of foreign doctors.

A spokeswoman for the General Medical Council, with whom both Abdulla and Asha are registered to work in Britain, said: "We are in contact with the police and will be cooperating with them where it's appropriate to do so."

Foreign doctors coming to Britain must pass written tests and a clinical examination, and inquiries are also made with their home universities.

"We validate your medical qualifications with the university where you studied, we validate your identity, we go through a series of checks," spokeswoman Tanya Royer said.

Successful applicants gain 'limited registration', entitling them to work as junior doctors in Britain typically for six months to one year, with a maximum of five years, she said.

Visa questions

Royer said security vetting would be an issue for Britain's Home Office, which has required visas only since last year for foreign doctors coming to work in the country.

A switchboard operator at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, near Scotland's biggest city Glasgow, said Abdulla worked there.

Media reports said Asha worked as a neurologist at North Staffordshire Hospital in central England.

Police were carrying out searches at both sites today.

Son no 'fanatic'

Asha's father Jameel said his son was a good Muslim who had never shown any interest in political Islam.

"He prayed like any Muslim but was not a fanatic," he said in Jordan, where Mohammed was raised, having been born in Saudi Arabia.

He said Mohammed and his wife arrived in Britain in late 2004 and had a son, Anas, who was nearly 18 months old.

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Why do people piss their pants about those things?
Personally it doesn't affect me at all, i am more afraid of the small everyday things rather than this. If people stopped paying attention to those terrorist they ll get bored after a while. I reckon Israel and its people have learned to cope pretty well with the bombing factor. I was there in 2004 on holiday and whenever a bombing happened, they clean up, fix the damage and move on.
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