July 10, 2014
Surprisingly, France Doesn't Surrender to Would-be Jihadist Who Wanted to Blow up Eiffel Tower
I meant to post this yesterday, but forgot. The plot, apparently, never got passed the planning stages. But still:
A 29-year-old butcher of Algerian descent, only known as Ali M, was sending encrypted emails to a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) for over a year, reports the French daily Le Parisien.Had the plan been carried to its operational stage, it would have looked something like this.
When Ali M was asked how he would “conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” he suggested targeting nuclear power plants, several landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and “cultural events that take place in the south of France in which thousands of Christians gather for a month,” the Telegraph reports.
“The main walkways become black with people and a simple grenade can injure dozens of people, not to mention a booby-trapped device,” he said.