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06-29-07, 04:09 AM #1Banned
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A "massive" explosive device found in a car in central London...
Right as the new PM is settling in. Coincidence? I think not.
Car Bomb Scare In London
Updated: 07:58, Friday June 29, 2007
A "massive" explosive device found in a car in central London has been defused, Sky sources say.
It is believed that a major terrorist attack in the capital has been thwarted.
Police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket area shortly before 02:00 this morning.
The area was cordoned off by police who examined the car.
They discovered what appeared to be a potentially explosive device, which was then made safe.
An investigation has been launched by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.
Sky's Tim Marshall said: "No doubt this was an attempted terror attack."
Authorities are warning of major traffic disruption in the area.
06-29-07, 05:16 AM #2
BBC News version.
Suspected bomb found in London
Police say the area will be closed for some time
Police have made safe a suspected car bomb in the heart of London.
Officers carried out a controlled explosion after reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket shortly before 0200 BST (0100 GMT).
The immediate area was cordoned off while police examined what they described as a "potentially viable explosive device".
There are unconfirmed reports that gas canisters were removed from the back of the car, close to Piccadilly Circus.
The government's emergency unit Cobra has called a meeting in response to the meeting.
One police source said the bomb was a "big device" and posed a real and substantial threat to the area around The Haymarket, which is in London's theatreland, near the busy shopping area of Regent Street.
A witness reported seeing gas canisters being removed from the car, believed to be a silver Mercedes, at around 0400 BST (O300 GMT).
Another eyewitness told BBC News they saw the car being driven erratically before it crashed into a bin. They said the driver then got out and ran off.
Dozens of forensic officers were today poring over the scene, which was covered by a blue plastic police tent.
Scotland Yard said detectives from Counter Terrorism Command were investigating the potential bomb plot.
A spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket, shortly before 2am this morning.
"As a precautionary measure the immediate area was cordoned off while the vehicle was examined by explosives officers.
"They discovered what appeared to be a potentially viable explosive device. This was made safe.
"The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation."
The BBC's Daniela Relph, at the scene, said the heart of London was completely closed off and police officers were concentrating on keeping people away.
Professor Paul Wilkinson, a terrorism expert, said a passer-by had tipped off the police and officers would be concerned they did not have advanced intelligence.
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, told the BBC's Today programme: "This improvised explosive device was found, it was dealt with by the police, the counter-terrorist police.
"It's now being investigated and it's really for the police to make a statement when they judge it appropriate about what they now know about this device and their investigation."To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
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06-29-07, 05:26 AM #3
Pretty surreal. Thank God this didn't detonate!The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
06-29-07, 10:05 AM #4
There are some pretty sick SOB's on the streets at the moment it's just a good thing our bomb disposal guys are good at their job.Public conscience message board
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06-29-07, 02:13 PM #5
Damned fine job by the Brits in derailing this attack.
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06-29-07, 04:42 PM #6
2nd car bomb found.
Official: Defused Bomb in Central London Would Have Caused Significant Damage
Friday , June 29, 2007
Police thwarted a car bomb attack Friday near the famed Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London, defusing a crude explosive device made of gasoline, propane gas, and nails after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a silver Mercedes outside a nightclub.
A British government official told FOX News that a number of people "were seen making their way away from the car," leading Scotland Yard to believe detonation would have been accomplished remotely.
Britain's Sky News also quoted a police source as saying the device was to be set off remotely by cell phone. A police officer risked his life by removing the remote trigger from the vehicle before the device could be set off, the souce was quoted as saying.
Hours after the discovery, police closed a major road — Park Lane — and cleared people from the adjacent Hyde Park because of a suspicious vehicle.
Sky News reported that police found explosives in the vehicle, which smelled of gasoline and had been towed overnight from the West End area.
Fleet Street, once the center for British journalism, was also closed briefly while police inspected a suspicious vehicle. The cordon was taken down and traffic allowed into the area as soon as police dismissed the threat.
The bomb in the city's theater district was powerful enough to have caused "significant injury or loss of life" — possibly killing hundreds, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.
Britain's new home secretary, Jacqui Smith called an emergency meeting of top officials, calling the attempted attack "international terrorism."
"We are currently facing the most serious and sustained threat to our security from international terrorism," she said afterward. "This reinforces the need for the public to remain vigilant to the threat we face at all times."
The events unfolded when an ambulance crew — responding to a call just before 1:30 a.m. about a person who had fallen at a Haymarket nightclub — noticed smoke coming from a car parked in front of the building, Clarke said.
The crew alerted police, and a bomb squad manually disabled the device, Clarke said.
Photographs of the metallic green Mercedes show a canister bearing the words "patio gas," indicating it was propane, next to the car. The back door was open with blankets spilling out. The car was removed from the scene after a bomb squad disabled the explosives.
The busy Haymarket thoroughfare is packed with restaurants, bars, a cinema complex and West End theaters, and was buzzing at that hour. "Phantom of the Opera" is playing at Her Majesty's Theater down the street.
It was ladies' night Thursday, nicknamed "Sugar 'N' Spice," at the Tiger Tiger nightclub, a three-story venue that at full capacity can pack in 1,770 people and stays open until 3 a.m.
Police also were investigating the possibility that the planned attack could have been criminal in nature. Authorities closed the Piccadilly Circus subway station for eight hours and cordoned off a 10-block area around the scene.
A British security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the security details, said there were similarities between the device and vehicle bombs used by insurgents in Iraq. But the two officials in Washington said it was too early in the investigation to tell if those similarities were significant.
The British security official also said the domestic spy agency MI5 would examine possible connections between Friday's bomb attempt and at least two similar foiled plots — to attack a London nightclub in 2004 and to pack limousines in New York with gas canisters and shrapnel.
In the 2004 plot, accused members of an Al Qaeda-linked terror cell were convicted of conspiring to cause explosions. One of the possible targets M15 overheard them discussing was the Ministry of Sound, one of London's biggest and most famous nightclubs.
One man is heard saying the plan was to "Blow the whole thing up."
Gordon Brown, who only Wednesday succeeded Tony Blair as prime minister, called it a reminder that Britain faces a serious and continuous threat of terrorist attacks: "I will stress to the Cabinet that the vigilance must be maintained over the next few days."
There had been no prior intelligence of planned attacks from the Al Qaeda terror network, a British government official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.
Londoners were relatively unfazed by the news. People crowded onto buses and subway trains during the afternoon rush hour, shopping streets were busy and sidewalk cafes did brisk business.
"Sure, it's disturbing, and obviously it reminds everyone of 7/7," said Ian Hiskos, 32, eating at a cafe across the block from the police cordon on Haymarket. "I try not to think about these things."
The terror threat level in Britain has remained at "severe" — meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely — since last August.
On Friday, Metropolitan Police said it sent more officers on the streets of central London. Authorities also stepped up security at Wimbledon.
One analyst said the bombers could be trying to send Britain's new leader a message.
"It's a way of testing Gordon Brown," said Bob Ayers, a security expert at the Chatham House think tank. "It's not too far-fetched to assume it was designed to expedite the decision on withdrawal (from Iraq)."
U.S. Homeland Security officials said the event had been classified as a "local incident" and there would be no change to the threat level in the United States.
President Bush, who is at his family's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, was briefed by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley about the apparent terror attack.
"We commend the British security services and local officials for their action today," National Sercurity Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said. "U.S. officials are in contact with their U.K. counterparts and will continue to monitor the situation."
New York strengthened its already tight security as a precaution, putting additional police in Times Square and the mass transit system.
"We're going to ramp up a little bit, but nothing dramatic," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show. "We'll take a little bit of extra precaution. Some of you will notice, some of you won't — but we have to be cognizant."
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