August 10, 2006

'Mass Murder on an Unimaginable Scale'

Here's a followup to the previous report. Scotland Yard holds brief press conference.


Paul Stephenson, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said he was confident that a plan "intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale" had been thwarted.

Unconfirmed reports suggested between three and 10 flights could have been targeted.

Police said 21 people had been arrested in London, the Thames Valley and Birmingham. Sources said those arrested were British-born and were held as part of an operation, involving the security services, that has been ongoing covertly for several months. [Note: SkyNews interviewee said the terrorists were of Pakistani origin.]

At 2am, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the UK terror alert from severe to critical - its highest level - for the first time. The Home Office website defines that as meaning an attack is expected "imminently."

Severe travel disruptions are being experienced. British Airways, Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Iberia, and El Al have canceled all flights to Britain until further notice.

Unnamed U.S. intelligence official says there is a serious al-Qaeda connection with the plot. U.S. Homeland Security to hold press conference at 0800 EDT.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

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