TERROR IN US/UK - Liquid Explosives

The 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot was an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives carried on board several airliners travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States and Canada. At the trial the jury did not find enough evidence to convict anyone in connection with the conspiracy to detonate liquid explosives aboard transatlantic flights.

TERROR IN US/UK - Liquid Explosives

Joined: 07 May 2006, 23:31

10 Aug 2006, 22:48 #1

Some key facts to this terror plot :

What was the alleged plot ?

US intelligence officials believe the plotters hoped to stage a practice run followed by actual attacks using liquid peroxide explosives on up to 10 planes from American, United and Continental Airlines within days on flights to the United States.

MI5 had built up a detailed picture of the plot over several months, but the threat had dramatically increased; the plotters had acquired the capability to carry out the attacks, perhaps within days. There was even a looming date, August 22, a holy day in the Muslim calendar and a propitious one for launching Armageddon. (source)

The ABC television network named three of those arrested as Rashid Rauf, Mohammed al-Ghandra and Ahmed al Khan. The three were the ringleaders of the plot, the network said.

One version of the planned attacks suggests that an explosive gel was to have been concealed inside a sports drink container. The electric pulse required to detonate the peroxide-based substance was to have been provided from the flash unit of a disposable camera. (Source)

Sources in the U.K. have informed The Jawa Report that suspects in today's terror arrests are linked to Syrian born exiled cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed. (Source)

Locations of arrests


Police outside the property in Forest Road on Thursday morning

Walthamstow: (Witnesses) (2)

386 Forest Road, (Witnesses) (Suspects: 2 african looking men)
Folkestone Road, (Witnesses) (2) Suspect: Oliver 'Ibrahim' Savant, Iranian father
Brother of suspect :
Adam Savant, 5a Folkestone Rd, Walthamstow, London, E17 9SD
+44-(0)7950 148 255 : adam@positivefokus.com
Queens Road,
two in Albert Road

No 41, Micklefield Road, High Wycombe, where two men are understood to have been arrested. Neighbours spoke of comings and goings in the night

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire:

-Walton Drive, (Witnesses) (Suspects: 2 unnamed brothers)
-Plomer Green Avenue
-41 Micklefield Road (Witnesses) (Suspect: Khuram Ali)
-Forest Way
-Hepplewhite Close (Suspect: Don Stewart-Whyte aka Abdul Wahid) (Witnesses)

Threat to High Wycombe no bigger than normal, say police

Police raided a property in Belchers Lane, Birmingham


-Belchers Lane, Bordesley Green (Witnesses), owner: Tayib Zaman Rauf, Suspects: 2 Asian-looking men
-St Margarets Road, Ward End (Witnesses) (Suspects: Maroof Rauf, 19, and his 22-year-old brother, Abdul)



Background of suspects

Sources told the BBC the "principal characters" suspected of being involved in the plot were British-born, and some have links to Pakistan.

When did intelligence services find out about this plot ?

A Pakistani intelligence official said an Islamic militant arrested near the Afghan-Pakistan border several weeks ago provided a lead that played a role in "unearthing the plot." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

How many people were arrested ?


Total: 24 people arrested
London: 'Majority' of arrests - exact locations not known
Birmingham: Two arrests
High Wycombe: At least one arrest

Are there still suspects on the loose ?

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said while the main suspects are reported to have been arrested, it was likely that other individuals will also be sought for questioning by police.

"What I'm being told is that they've got all the major players who they believe were involved in this plot, the A-team as it were.

"There are other people on the periphery who they would probably like to try and get hold of and question. They may not actually find any evidence on them.

"But given the slip-ups that were made over [7 July bomber] Mohammed Siddique Khan a few years ago, that's quite an important thing.

"He was on the periphery of another investigation and they let him go.

"It's perfectly possible that there are some people connected to this who are more dangerous than our own security and intelligence services actually believe they are at the moment."

http://www.forbes.com/business/services ... 42098.html

Official reactions

Police and ministers' statements

Joined: 25 Jun 2006, 19:17

10 Aug 2006, 23:03 #2

Just seen on the news that one of them was a Muslim convert. Sounds familiar.


Joined: 07 Dec 2005, 15:21

10 Aug 2006, 23:13 #3

Freedomfiles, this is brilliant - thanks so much for putting all this info together.
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10 Aug 2006, 23:27 #4

Timeline: aircraft terror plot
Matthew Tempest, Guardian Unlimited
Thursday August 10, 2006
http://www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/sto ... 79,00.html

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10 Aug 2006, 23:42 #5

Chemical compounds most likely to be chosen by would-be bombers

James Randerson, science correspondent
Friday August 11, 2006
The Guardian

Few details have been released about the exact nature of the bomb components in the alleged plot, but experts said last night that several types of liquid explosives could have been involved.

Security services sources have suggested that the explosive devices would have involved a liquid, a powder and an electronic detonator. The detonator would provide the energy to set off a reaction and could be concealed in an iPod, digital watch or mobile phone.

Hans Michaels, an explosives expert at Imperial College London, said nitrate and nitro containing compounds such as nitroglycerin would be relatively easy for a kitchen chemist to manufacture using fertilisers as a raw material.

"It can be colourless, pale yellow or brown, but you can add colour to make it resemble anything you like, such as fizzy drinks or even baby food," he said.

Another possibility would be the industrial solvent and fuel nitromethane, which is fairly easy to obtain because it is used to fuel model aeroplanes and racing cars. To work as a bomb, nitromethane would need to be combined with an oxidiser such as ammonium nitrate (fertiliser).

Timothy McVeigh used this chemical combination to blow up the Alfred P Murrah building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people.

However, compounds containing nitrogen give off a strong smell as they break down, which would almost certainly be detected by sniffer dogs.

"It is quite pungent," said Ivan Vince, an expert in industrial explosions at ASK consultants. The bombers could escape the dogs by sealing the bottles tightly and cleaning them thoroughly to remove any volatile traces.

Another tactic would be to swamp the dog's sense of smell with a strong perfume, said Dr Michaels.

An alternative compound which is much more difficult to detect is triacetone triperoxide (TATP), which could be the powder referred to by security sources . TATP was supposedly used by the 7/7 bombers, the shoe bomber Richard Reid and suicide bombers in Israel. It can be detonated with an electronic device, is odourless and has also been favoured by Hamas.

But Dr Michaels said it was unlikely the bombers were going to use this method. "TATP is not easily made and it is very very unstable," he said. "One of the reasons why the July 21 attack didn't succeed last year was because it was so unstable it decomposed before they could set it off."

The compound is made by mixing hydrogen peroxide, acetone (nail varnish remover) and a small amount of acid, typically sulphuric acid. But it takes several hours to crystallise out of solution and cannot be used until it is dry, so would be difficult to put together on a plane.

There was concern that asking passengers to taste liquids such as baby milk before allowing it on to the plane would not work as a deterrent.

Explosives experts pointed out that many dangerous compounds, though unpleasant to drink, are essentially harmless. For example nitroglycerin, one of the candidate liquid compounds, is used as a medicine to treat angina.

Copycat plot

The genesis of plans to detonate bombs simultaneously on a number of civilian airliners goes back to the so-called Bojinka plot by Islamist fundamentalists in the mid-1990s.

The foiled operation has similarities to attacks planned in the Philippines and organised by two prominent jihadi figures: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Ramzi Yousef.

KSM, as he is known in US intelligence circles, was the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Yousef was the alleged organiser of the underground bombing of New York's World Trade Centre in 1993. "Bojinka" reportedly means "loud bang" or "explosion" in Serbo-Croat, a term supposedly adopted by KSM after fighting in the Balkans.

The two jihadists moved to the Philippines in 1994 to develop their plans to strike at the United States. The operation they proposed relied on smuggling liquid-based explosives on board scheduled passenger services. The aim was to bring down as many as a dozen flights, killing up to 4,000 on board planes bound for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and New York.

The plot was foiled when a fire broke out in an Manila apartment, which had been converted into a bomb factory.

Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine police intelligence officer who helped uncover Bojinka, said al-Qaida had to be considered as a suspect in the UK plot.
Owen Bowcott
guardian 11.8.06
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10 Aug 2006, 23:50 #6

Should we feign surprise now, or later, that info about this air terror plot is floating from the United Mistakes of America?

Intriguing that Sir Ian Blair hasn't said a word and the longer all this rolls on, the more it appears like he is the only one standing against the machine that has conspired to cause him a lot grief since his appointment as commissioner, what with the odd little nugget or two that he's tossed into the public arena.
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11 Aug 2006, 00:39 #7

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