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June 29, 2007

London Terror Plot Involves Islamic Extremists; Police Have 'Crystal Clear' Picture of Suspect

ABC News reports that British police have a "crystal clear" picture of the man who drove the bomb-rigged silver Mercedes outside a London nightclub, and he bears "a close resemblance" to a man arrested by police in connection with another bomb plot but released for lack of evidence.


Officials say the suspect had been taken into custody in connection with the case of al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot (pictured), who was convicted of orchestrating a vehicle bomb plot involving targets in London, New York, Newark, N.J. and Washington, D.C.

Officials say a surveillance camera caught the suspect "staggering from the Mercedes" shortly after parking it outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub.

As expected, ""U.S. and British law enforcement officials tell ABC News it is increasingly clear Friday's bomb plot in London involves multiple vehicles, and is described by a senior official as a "terror plot involving lslamic extremists.""
ABC News has learned the bomb was composed of tanks of propane, butane and 125 liters of gasoline (33 U.S. gallons), roofing nails and a fuse that initial reports indicated was constructed of simple light bulb or flashbulb filaments and designed to be triggered by a mobile telephone.
Also via ABC News, London authorities investigating the case and U.S. authorities monitoring it say the Mercedes car bomb, if correctly made, could have sent a shrapnel-filled fireball into the air, maiming and killing people in a several hundred yard radius that included a popular nightclub, but based on an initial forensic investigation, authorities believe the fuel-air mixture was incorrect and ultimately led the bomb to fail.

Via NBC, British authorities say they have identified three men involved in the plot, and that they are believed to be from the Birmingham area, a center of radical Islamic unrest activity in Britain.

The second car bomb posted on earlier had been towed from Trafalgar Square to Park Lane overnight because it was illegally parked,. At the Park Lane garage, workers became suspicious after news of the first incident, because the car smelled of gas

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Posted by Abdul at June 29, 2007 12:22 PM

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