Skip to comments.British Name 19 Alleged Plotters; Pakistan Reports Al Qaeda Link; 40 Arrested In Italy
Posted on 08/11/2006 3:11:21 PM PDT by neverdem
LONDON (AP) - British officials Friday identified 19 of the suspects accused of planning to blow up U.S.-bound aircraft in the biggest terrorist plot to be uncovered since 9/11. In Pakistan, officials reported signs of an al-Qaida connection and said they had detained a "key person" in the case.
Travelers saw shorter lines at airports as flight schedules slowly returned to normal, one day after the disclosure of the alleged conspiracy severely disrupted British air traffic.
British police have arrested 24 people suspected of involvement in the plot. At least one was reportedly a woman with a small child; two others were converts to Islam. One of the suspects reportedly worked at Heathrow Airport.
The identities of 19 were disclosed by the Bank of England as it announced it had frozen their accounts. They ranged in age from 17 to 35 and had Muslim names, many of them common in Pakistan. Pakistani officials said they were British-born.
Pakistani officials said they had arrested five Pakistanis and two Britons in the case, including British national Rashid Rauf, arrested about a week ago and described as a "key person" with ties to al-Qaida.
"We arrested him from the (Afghanistan-Pakistan) border area and on his disclosure we shared the information with British authorities, which led to further arrests in Britain," Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao The Associated Press. The five Pakistanis were described as suspected "facilitators" of the plot.
Later, a Pakistani intelligence official said 10 Pakistanis had been arrested Friday in the eastern district of Bhawalpur, 300 miles southwest of Islamabad, in connection with the alleged plot. A second intelligence official confirmed there had been arrests but didn't know how many. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of their sensitive positions.
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Is it my imagination, or have we started rounding up a whole buncha people just about 10 days before Iran's "final answer?"
Wow. Good point. No one else has suggested it, as you have here, but I had the same thought this morning. If these 59 "suspects" start singing, and finger Iran, I hope we have an appropriate final "encouragement" to Iran before their final answer on the 22nd.
59 arrests. I know we dodged a bullet, but this has to be one of the most successful days for the good guys in the WOT.
Obviously, they were from an Amish clan in Pakistan.
Let the profiling begin. Amish people with Muslim names be on the alert!
Speaking of which ...
>One of the suspects reportedly worked at Heathrow Airport.
... a security officer no less. I think his name was "Mohammed". No joking, though I am hazy on the name. Saw this on another FR thread on the same subject.
not just here. look at the stories of 40 rounded up in Italy and special attention in India. the next few weeks could be VERY interesting. the guys picked up in Britain were calling people in the US...and it wasn't to meet them at the airport for a ride home. we have almost no idea what's going on. the guys buying the pre-paid cell phones (read IED detonators) got picked up BY ACCIDENT and they had THOUSANDS of detonators........THOUSANDS!
you're right NEVERDEM. now let's BUILD on our success!
i heard the same yesterday...and that he had an ALL ACCESS PASS!!!
All those people and it was only one of how many plots? How many more are out there? Hundreds, thousands?
Richard Miniter said in his book, THE SHADOW WAR, that on average, one terror plot is foiled each day.
"They are considered ordinary British Muslims and they haven't caused any harm to anyone," accountant Mohammed Naeem said of the suspects. "They come from decent families."
I think Mo and I would differ on the meaning of "decent."
If the Democrats don't understand this, they're even stupider than I think they are. I think they know why we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. I KNOW Iran's figured it out. That's the real reason for the "fierce resistance" in Iraq and the "distraction action" in Lebanon. The closer we get to our goal, the harder they'll fight.
Actually that map makes me feel pretty good...we've got them surrounded...no wonder they hate us so!
And it's why we haven't reduced our troop strength in Iraq (I'm guessing).
I'm hoping that Shell gets their cheap method of producing oil from oil shale online. That would make the oil companies even richer while knocking the snot out of the middle eastern oil market. If we can get oil down cheap again, the money that funds Islamofascism will dry up.
I am Italian and i live in Italy. Italy is the best place in Europe where terrorists find the easiest nest to proliferate weapons and babies. It is also the only place in Europe where it is legal to be illegal. Our police can't take any step against illegals, they must release them just after the docs check, not because they want so but coz they follow the so-called "law". Our prime minister's yesterday released interview said that he was happy on the hills spending a wonderful relaxing morning on his byke. While the whole western world is on alert? These last days he relieved us Italians saying that there is no danger in our country. The day after they arrested 40 terrorists. ONLY? Optimistically, we have hundreds... Hey, no worry, these 40 will be assolved by the left justice and presto, quickly!
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