Brits thwart attempted bombing in Picadilly Circus June 29, 2007Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, terrorist hemorrhoids.
No intel. No warning. No infiltration of a terrorist cell or intercepted communications. They found this thing because they were lucky. A car loaded with explosive gas cylinders and nails parked next to The Haymarket. An ambulance crew noticed smoke coming from the car, and called it in.
Picadilly is crowded with shops and restaurants. Even at 1:30 in the morning, it’s a busy place.
This was weird:
Early photographs of the silver Mercedes showed a canister, bearing the words “patio gas,” indicating it was propane gas, next to the car. The back door was open with blankets spilling out.
Tank of propane next to the car, and an open back door? WTF?
Doesn’t make sense. But that doesn’t erase how potentially lethal this thing was.
UPDATE: ace tells me they apparently crashed the car and screwed up the detonator, and the moron terrorist might have been trying to set it off with fire. His update is here, and HotAir has it too. Poosibly a home grown moron who didn’t go to AQ bomb school. Luck.
Luck is not a strategy for dealing with terrorism. Oh, and Circus is Latin for circle.
I knew somebody would want to know that.
UPDATE 2: They found another one. And the first car had two cell phone detonators, both numbers called twice.