Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bad news day

A gloomy day, as rain continues to pour down, affecting thousands of poor flooded people in the North and Midlands

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said so far 27,000 homes and 5,000 businesses had been affected across the country and that clean-up costs could reach £1bn. ( BBC)

and five poor souls dead.

Meanwhile, there is much to be thankful for as we find out that there were two car bombs, but their contents did not explode. Well done to the London Ambulance Service and the members of the public who spotted the car's contents. Via Iain, it seems that ABC news are reporting that the police have a crystal clear picture of the suspect outside Tiger Tiger, though the understandably-cautious BBC are reporting it as 'unconfirmed'.

From ABC 'Blotter' Blog

''... officials tell the Blotter on he bears "a close resemblance" to a man arrested by police in connection with another bomb plot but released for lack of evidence.
Officials say the suspect had been taken into custody in connection with the case of al Qaeda operative Dhiren Barot, who was convicted of orchestrating a vehicle bomb plot involving targets in London, New York, Newark, N.J. and Washington, D.C.
Officials say a surveillance camera caught the suspect "staggering from the Mercedes" shortly after parking it outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub...

...The car contained five or six propane and butane gas cylinders as well as 33 gallons of gasoline, all rigged to detonate with calls to two cell phones. Officials say the cell phones failed to initiate the explosions, even after each phone had been called twice. ''

Dhiren Barot's plans included 'gas limos' . At his trial, Edmund Lawson QC, for the Crown said Barot travelled to Pakistan in early 2004 to present the plans for the Gas Limos Project for "approval and funding".

"The principal attack involved packing three limousines with gas cylinders, explosives, shrapnel and the like and then detonating the devices in underground car parks," Mr Lawson said.He added that documents were found which referred to the reconnaissance of London hotels and mainline railway stations, although there was nothing to say that those were due to be the intended targets.( Sky)

Not the best start to the weekend.



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