Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wave Of Attempted Car Bombings Hit UK

Two Car Bombs Found In London, Burning SUV Crashes Into Scotland Airport

A burning SUV slams into the main building at Glasgow Airport

In a dramatic 24 hours, three suspected terror attacks using vehicles shut down Central London and Scotland's Glasgow Airport.

Two abandoned Mercedes containing materials that could have been used to turn the vehicles into bombs were found in the West End theatre district.

More on that, and the implacably calm response from most Londoners can be read on 'Your New Reality'.

In the last two hours, a burning SUV was purposely crashed into the main building of Glasgow's Airport. The dramatic events, and the immediate response from witnesses and police are detailed in this BBC report :
A car on fire has been driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport, police have confirmed.

Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath. They have also described seeing two Asian men, one of whom was on fire, who had been in the car. Strathclyde Police said two people had been arrested and detained in connection with the incident.

One eyewitness said: "I heard the sound of a car's wheels spinning and smoke coming out.

"I saw a Jeep Cherokee apparently as if it was trying to get right through the doors into the terminal building.

"The police ran over and the people started fighting with the police. I then heard what sounded like an explosion."

Eye-witness Richard Grey told BBC News 24: "A green Jeep was in the middle of the doorway burning.

"The car didn't actually explode. There were a few pops and bangs which presumably was the petrol."

Stephen Clarkson said he saw people running towards him and "panicking" then noticed a crashed Cherokee jeep. He said he helped police restrain one of the men.

"It was lucky that I was there," he said. "I managed to knock the man to the ground with my forearm and the police got on top of him and restrained him and put handcuffs on him."
Eyewitnesses said the two men smashed molotov cocktails around the crashed vehicle to "make sure the car would go up big style."

Taxi driver Ian Crosby said: "This was no accident. This was a deliberate attack on Glasgow Airport."

What would appear to be a co-ordinated series of attacks, all of which failed, come as new prime minister Gordon Brown takes over No. 10 from Tony Blair.

Not unsurprisingly, the British anti-terror squad believe the apparently co-ordinated series of attempted car bombings are linked to the Al Qaeda network.

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