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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mumbai-style attack coming to London?

The Times of London is reporting that Scotland Yard is expecting a Mumbai-style terror attack at multiple locations in London.
In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”

The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.

The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.

It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.


Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.

Security sources said concerns had been raised by “chatter” on a prominent jihadist website two weeks ago.

One contributor suggested fighters could use automatic weapons to strike places such as nightclubs, sporting venues and Jewish centres.

In an online discussion hosted on December 2, another contributor invited suggestions for carrying out “guerrilla warfare” and proposed “a group of mujaheddin raid police stations and fire at them”.

Another said: “Make sure that all those at the location are of age, that there are no children and so on. Insist on the locations and times where no Muslims or children are to be expected.

“If machine guns are available, and explosive and expertise for [explosives] are not available, this is a good way ... The [Mumbai] operation is the ideal scenario for operations you are talking about.”

A third contributor said targets should be “chosen in a studied manner”.

He added: “In general, targeting economic joints and intelligence centres if possible has priority over police stations.”
I guess bowing to 'Muslim sensitivities has really paid off for the UK, hasn't it?


At 6:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The effect of such a terror attack on London would be devastating. Its just not possible to secure a major metro area from a handful of people determined to paralyze it and to destroy and commit mass murder. One wonders if the UK is really prepared to deal with such a threat.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

We have no weapons.

This threat is extremely serious.

What are we supposed to do to defend ourselves?


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