Skip to comments.New Terrorist Bomb Attack-- Thirteen Injured in Trinidad Explosion
Posted on 07/11/2005 11:32:06 PM PDT by ScoopandDizzy
According to a late BBC report, a bomb explosion in central Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad, has injured 13 people, two critically.
It appears to bear the hallmarks of an Al-Qaeda attack, or at least one in sympathy with recent Islamist atrocities in London and elsewhere.
With extensive Trinidad and Tobago experience, allow me to build a case for Islamo-fascism as the cause, even if local police aren't yet saying so.
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Wasn't el Shukrijumah rumored to be here last summer?
I believe the thinking was it was possible he MIGHT ATTEMPT to cross the border (probably Mexico, maybe Canada); but I don't believe anyone could verify that he did cross the border into the U.S.
I meant in Trinidad (sorry). ;-)
Sorry nw, I didn't realize you were on another thread.
My statement goes for the U.S. border.
Jamaat al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr.
The World: Trinidad and Tobago
"Terrorists Develop Island Operations"
Posted Dec. 24, 2002
By Scott L. Wheeler
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Al-Qaeda and two other Middle East terrorist groups have established operations and are leading a holy war against U.S. and British interests from the tiny Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Insight has learned from U.S. government sources and officials inside the government of Trinidad and Tobago."
Here you go nw.
9 hits for his possible travel plans.
Note: The following text is an exact quote:
Manning: Emergency plans in place
Tuesday, July 12th 2005
Following is a text of the Prime Minister's official statement on the explosion in downtown Port of Spain yesterday:
UPON receipt of information reaching him that there was a most unfortunate incident in Port of Spain this afternoon, Prime Minister Patrick Manning immediately contacted National Security Minister Martin Joseph and Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul and issued firm instructions that every effort must be made utilising all of the resources of law enforcement to capture the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
The Prime Minister also spoke to the Head of the Special Branch and the relevant intelligence authorities instructing them to gather the required intelligence needed and to do everything possible to ensure that citizens are able to go about their legitimate business without fear and with confidence in the security forces.
In view of recent events in London, the Prime Minister has instructed the Minister of National Security further to put out immediately a series of advisories alerting members of the public to look out for and report to the authorities the actions of suspicious persons and packages etc., to apprehend those with nefarious intentions.
The Prime Minister wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured and traumatised and assures the nation that all emergency plans are in place to cope with consequential activities and the Government will do everything to ensure normalcy is returned in the shortest possible time.
"Special Branch in terrorist hunt"
By CURTIS WILLIAMS
Friday, May 28th 2004
similar images of suspected Al Qaeda member Adnan El Shukrijumah appear in a Panamanian government wanted poster on Wednesday. According to Panamanian officials, the suspect had been in Panama before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "While the Police Special Branch has not been able to find records that one of the most wanted Al Qaeda terrorists, Adnan El Shukrijumah, is no longer in this country they believe that he is no longer here.
Police have confirmed that up to last year they, along with the FBI, were searching several parts of this country for El Shukrijumah but could not find him.
However, the US Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that it continues to seek Trinidad and Tobago's assistance and that of several other countries in locating El Shukrijumah.
El Shukrijuma, who was born in Saudi Arabia, has been in Trinidad and Tobago on several occasions since the September 11 attack on the United States and is believed to be planning another attack on the US."
"We must be watchful"
Sunday, August 22nd 2004
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The central reason advanced for the setting-up of a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) office is the ongoing search for a top Al Qaeda terrorist suspect, Adnan El Shukrijumah, who lived in Trinidad after the search began for him last year.
The US Embassy in Port of Spain has confirmed that an FBI Special Agent is already in this country setting up the operations to service Trinidad and Tobago as well as Suriname and Guyana where El Shukrijumah is also believed to have found refuge.
The disclosed information is that the FBI Office here will focus on exchanging information on criminal terrorist activities between the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Guyana with the Bureau also being involved in training local law enforcement officers to better fight crime and terrorism.
The Trinidad office will be the FBI's 53rd office, or legat, in a foreign country since the FBI believes "it is essential to station highly skilled agents in other countries to help prevent terrorism and crime from reaching across borders and harming Americans in their homes and in workplaces.""
I knew I read some trinidad news sites searching out info on him last summer.
Trinidad Express is a good resource for keeping up with local terror news in my opinion.
Honduras .. I saw this .. I'm stumped over the location .. Trinidad??
Shukrijumah was spotted in Honduras earlier this year, FBI officials said, and used to reside in Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Latin America. "He is believed to be one of the most dangerous cell leader below the leadership of al-Qaeda who plans to hurt the United States," Art Werge, spokesman for the FBI in El Paso, said.
(Link doesn't work anymore)
FBI.gov - Seeking Information: "ADNAN G. EL SHUKRIJUMAH" (ALIASES: "Adnan G. El Shukri Jumah; Abu Arif; Ja'far Al-Tayar; Jaffar Al-Tayyar; Jafar Tayar; Jaafar Al-Tayyar") (VIEW POSTER. Click Here.)
My pleasure...you post great stuff.
I hope I'm not being too forward here, but I believe I noticed that you had connections to Trinidad; Thought this might interest you.
steppiing back in time...
"Terror Threat against U.S. and UK business interests in Trinidad no hoax"
TrinidadExpress ^ | 07/28/03 | Darryl Heeralal
Posted on 07/27/2003 10:25:13 PM PDT by Pikamax
"Terror threat story no hoax, says cop"
By Darryl Heeralal
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "AFTER six months of investigations, police say they have found no evidence to suggest that the terror threat story reported by the Sunday Express in January was a hoax or was planted by this newspaper, as suggested by the Minister of National Security Howard Chin Lee.
This according to Supt Errol Denoon of the Port of Spain CID, who was appointed by then-commissioner Hilton Guy to investigate claims by an Islamic group that they intended to attack US and British interests in Trinidad and Tobago with chemical and biological weapons.
In response to a question, Denoon said there is no evidence to say the story was a hoax or it was planted .
The Police Special Branch was also appointed to probe the matter, but this newspaper understands that part of the enquiry was to investigate the Sunday Express team that reported the story.
The Special Branch investigation, according to reports, has been on hold for a couple of months.
In a nation-wide address on January 28, two days after the story was published, Chin Lee claimed the story was totally incorrect , that it could be refuted, and the truth can be told about them .
Since that address Chin Lee has not brought forward any evidence to prove the story to be wrong."
stepping back in time...
"Trinidad and Tobago Challenge UK Terrorism Warning"
The Black World Today ^ | 1/23/03 | Peter Richards
Posted on 01/23/2003 9:23:42 AM PST by Angelus Errare
"Trinidad And Tobago Challenges U.K. Terrorism Warning"
By Peter Richards IPS Article Dated 1/23/2003
PORT OF SPAIN -
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In an article posted on a World Bank intranet site, opposition legislator and former government minister Sadiq Baksh told 'Insight' magazine last week that he was very concerned about the threat to security posed by a radical Islamic group.
UNC leader and former prime minister Basdeo Panday has made numerous references to the involvement of the radical Jamaat-al-Muslimeen group in the country's politics.
In 1990, the Muslimeen staged an unsuccessful coup, and the UNC says that the group played a major role in ensuring victory for Manning's Peoples National Movement (PNM) in last October's general election.
The prime minister said the opposition knew that its statements ''made in the current international climate could elicit nervous, negative reaction acutely damaging to the interests of the people of Trinidad and Tobago''.
''A country's reputation is a precious asset, which can be so easily damaged or destroyed,'' he said.
Last week, Manning met both the British High Commissioner Peter Harborne and U.S. Ambassador Roy Austin on the issue.
Trinidad and Tobago had sought to prevent London from issuing the travel advisory following the visit here in December of Baroness Amos, parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
But she responded by telling Port-of-Spain that, ''while we understand the concerns, the lessons of (recent terrorist bombings in) Bali (Indonesia) and Mombasa (Kenya) make it clear that no one is free from risk, and no group of individuals or countries is exempt from the threat of terrorism''.
''We therefore believe the current travel advice for Trinidad and Tobago is measured and entirely appropriate,'' she added.
Newspapers have recently reported that foreign intelligence officers are in the country probing the alleged involvement of a local Muslim group in possible attacks on British and U.S. interests.
But the administration insists there is no ''unusual'' presence of officials from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), nor the British Intelligence Service, MI6."
stepping back in time...
"'Dirty-bomb' plot underway in U.S.?
Fears over elusive al-Qaida suspect, missing reactor materials"
Posted: October 30, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern
Editor's note: WorldNetDaily is pleased to have a content-sharing agreement with Insight magazine, the bold Washington publication not afraid to ruffle establishment feathers. Subscribe to Insight at WorldNetDaily's online store and save 71 percent off the cover price.
By Scott L. Wheeler
© 2003 Insight/News World Communications Inc.
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Adnan El Shukrijumah is a suspected al-Qaida organizer who is the subject of a worldwide manhunt by the FBI and CIA. He is believed to be working on Osama bin Laden's plan to trigger a radiological disaster inside the United States the so-called "dirty-bomb" scenario where a small charge would trigger dispersion of radiation over a large area, wreaking havoc on those caught in the blast and making the blast area uninhabitable.
High-grade uranium is not necessary for this project; ordinary, low-grade nuclear waste will be deadly enough.
El Shukrijumah has eluded capture. But Insight in field interviews has obtained evidence he was spotted several times last year on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Now, subsequent to Insight's field investigation, news reports are saying "an FBI source" has confirmed El Shukrijumah's presence."
Ok, back to the present...
ON THE NET...
15 injured in Frederick Street blast"
Tuesday, July 12th 2005ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Military explosives experts led by Major Roger Best initially took the lead in investigating the scene when the intent of the act was not yet certain. The investigation was eventually handed over to the police after it was deemed to be a criminal act. The police were assisted by US bomb experts who are currently in Trinidad training the Customs K-9 Unit in bomb and explosives detection.
The dogs were employed to sniff the area and nearby stores to ensure that no other explosives were present.
"Terrorism is not what we are entertaining at this time in terms of this event," military sources told the Daily Express. "There was no motive and no specific target, we cannot say that the perpetrators had a specific intent. We believe it was just a random act."
The Daily Express was told that the device used in yesterday's explosion was homemade, did not carry a timer and was in a plastic container.
"We could not detect any evidence of a timer. The fact that it went off near where watches and cell phones were being sold could be a throw off, but we are pretty certain one was not present," the source said.
"It is the kind of bomb that could be made from home ingredients like ammonium nitrate, which can be found in fertilisers," military sources said.
They also said that the person or persons responsible for yesterday's tragedy either knew exactly what they were doing, or pulled what they thought would have been a harmless prank."
Trinidad and Tobago, the leading Caribbean producer of oil and gas, has earned a reputation as an excellent investment site for international businesses. Tourism is a growing sector, although not proportionately as important as in many other Caribbean islands. The economy benefits from low inflation and a growing trade surplus. Prospects for growth in 2004 are good as prices for oil, petrochemicals, and liquified natural gas are expected to remain high, and foreign direct investment continues to grow to support expanded capacity in the energy sector. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- A bomb exploded in a trash bin in downtown Port-of-Spain on Monday, injuring 14 people, police said.
The commercial district was evacuated and the area checked for additional bombs, but none were located, Deputy Police Commissioner Glen Roach said.
"We have no idea of the kind of device used nor who is behind it," Roach said.
Kenrick Bethelmy, spokesman for the Trinidad fire department, said most of the injuries appeared to be minor, except for those of a 26-year-old street vendor and a woman passer-by. Bethelmy described their condition as "life-threatening."
Local media reported that a man was seen placing a package in the garbage bin shortly before the afternoon explosion at a busy intersection in the capital of the two-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The site of the blast is two blocks from the national Parliament, which was meeting at the time.
Trinidad Prime Minister Patrick Manning said he directed the national security minister and police to use all resources to catch those responsible. Port-of-Spain Mayor Murchison Brown called for extra security precautions.
The former British colony of 1.3 million people, located off the northern coast of South America, is the most prosperous member of the 15-member Caribbean Community, thanks to its petroleum and natural gas deposits. In recent years, it has become the leading supplier of liquid natural gas to the United States, supplying 75 percent of imports last year.
Trinidad and Tobago are interesting areas.
I followed articles on it for several years.
Apparently though, this is not a terrorist act, but a criminal act.
Article snippet: "The investigation was eventually handed over to the police after it was deemed to be a criminal act."
Timt to move on... yep.
Make that TIME to move on, but first, let's drop the U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT CONSULAR INFORMATION SHEET link here:
Yes I do. I think it's an attempt to destabilise the country. I would not be surprised if Chavez is real happy about this. More oil and gas for him to steal.
you really accept the "criminal act" excuse? That's Howard Dean and Dem rhetoric.
you really accept the "criminal act" excuse? That's Howard Dean and Dem rhetoric.
A few more details...
UPDATE 1: I have read several articles stating that a man was seen putting something in the trash bin prior to the bomb exploding, but no further description of the "man."
The following news brief is an exact quote:
Bomb threats disrupt Port of Spain
July 12 Tuesday 12 15pm
Several bomb threats this morning and during the day so far have disrupted business in Port of Spain. The first at Citygate this morning had commuters dropped of in the streets and having to walk to work. Follow up threats appear to have affected CCN (Express and TV6), Republic Bank and Scotia Bank.
Post 36 will be deleted.
The post info is on the wrong thread.
"THE MORNING AFTER
Cops quiz blast victim"
Wednesday, July 13th 2005
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Police went to the Port of Spain General Hospital yesterday and interviewed a man who was injured in Monday's bomb explosion.
Police received information which led them to believe that the man was involved in placing the bomb in the bin.
National Security Minister, Martin Joseph, also spent time visiting several of the injured who remained hospitalised at that location as a result of injuries sustained in the blast.
The man in question is said to have sustained injuries to his leg and arms.
Investigators were led to question him after being told by a witness that he was seen repeatedly passing in front of the wrought-iron bin in which the bomb was placed.
Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were expected to arrive in Trinidad last night to assist the police with its investigations."
Not Related, but in the area...
"Prisons officer held for bomb threats"
Thursday, July 14th 2005
ARTICLE SNIPPEET: "A prisons officer has been arrested for sending bomb threats to his workplace on Tuesday morning."
ARTICLE SNIPPET #2: "The investigation revealed that the threat was made via the man's cellular phone.
Businesses in Port of Spain, Chaguanas and San Fernando were plagued by bomb threats on Tuesday, the day after a bomb blast in the capital city injured 15 people."
ON THE NET...
To: sheik yerbouty
Time to start googlin'
9 posted on 07/13/2005 9:28:37 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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Hey Cindy, se my post #9... ;)
10 posted on 07/13/2005 9:29:45 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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