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MOBIUS
29-06-2007, 09:18:03
Terror threat returns as London bomb found
By Alison Purdy and Chris Greenwood, PA
Published: 29 June 2007

The threat of terror returned to London today after a bomb was found in a car. Bomb squad officers defused the "potentially viable" device in the heart of the capital in the early hours.

One police source said the bomb posed a real and substantial threat to the surrounding area, just yards from Piccadilly Circus.

A witness reported seeing gas canisters being removed from the car, believed to be a silver Mercedes, at around 4am.

A massive police cordon was thrown around The Haymarket in the heart of the capital's busy West End.

A police source said: "The indications that we have got so far are that it was certainly a big device."

Dozens of forensic officers were today poring over the crime scene, which was covered by a blue plastic police tent.

Scotland Yard said detectives from Counter Terrorism Command were investigating the potential bomb plot.

A spokesman said: "Police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket, shortly before 2am this morning.

"As a precautionary measure the immediate area was cordoned off while the vehicle was examined by explosives officers.

"They discovered what appeared to be a potentially viable explosive device. This was made safe.

"The Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command has launched an investigation."

One eyewitness told Sky News that door staff at the nightclub Tiger, Tiger alerted police after the car was driven into bins last night and the driver ran off.

The witness said the large silver saloon car was being driven " erratically" before the minor crash. The driver was not stopped.

Intelligence sources in London said they were keeping an open mind on who was responsible for the car bomb, adding: "All options, including the Irish, are open at this stage."

Defence Secretary Des Browne told BBC Radio Scotland today: "It does appear to be a very serious incident.

"My first reaction to this is, thank God that we have police and explosives experts who can make these devices safe, and the arrangements they appear to have done, and that nobody has been injured."

Rush-hour commuters faced disruption as nearby Piccadilly Underground station was closed and was expected to remain so for most of the morning.

The Haymarket is in the heart of London's theatreland and close to the popular shopping area of Regent Street.

Jack Straw, who was appointed Justice Secretary in new PM Gordon Brown's Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, said ministers had been informed of the incident "much earlier this morning".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme it was "very saddening" but "these things happen".

Mr Straw insisted it was essential that announcements were made by the police rather than ministers.

He added: "Of course the police will try to ensure there is as little disruption as possible. But everyone understands the key priority is safety."

MPs and peers were informed that "enhanced security measures" had been put in place at Westminster.

Is it me, or has yet another terrorist attack been 'thwarted' because our enemies are incompetent...?

Anyone affected by this?

Definitely looks like we dodged a bullet on this one!

Funko
29-06-2007, 09:20:33
How can you tell from that article that it's due to incompetent terrororists and not very competent policing?

maroule
29-06-2007, 09:22:57
I don't understand the "potentially viable". Does it mean it wasn't really set off (but could have been) when they found it? or it was just the elements to build one?

Funko
29-06-2007, 09:28:43
I think because they 'defused' it, that means it was a bomb that could have been set off, and it might have worked.

Funko
29-06-2007, 09:30:52
This report suggests MOBIUS is right and we did get lucky.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6252276.stm

A witness reported seeing gas canisters being removed from the car, a silver Mercedes, at around 0400 BST (0300 GMT).

Bouncers from a nearby nightclub said they saw the car being driven erratically before it crashed into a bin. They said the driver then got out and ran off.

mr_B
29-06-2007, 09:32:34
Originally posted by Funko
This report suggests MOBIUS is right now breaks my wooden shoe.

sad tho

MOBIUS
29-06-2007, 10:29:12
One eyewitness told Sky News that door staff at the nightclub Tiger, Tiger alerted police after the car was driven into bins last night and the driver ran off.

The witness said the large silver saloon car was being driven " erratically" before the minor crash. The driver was not stopped.:cute:

This reminds me of that last bunch that just got banged up for their attempted bombings just after the 7/7 bombings...

Originally posted by mr_B
now breaks my wooden shoe.


Is that a Dutch exclamation of surprise?:D

Buddy Odor
29-06-2007, 10:42:26
There's no reason to be alarmed.

Terrorists are stupid. If they were clever, they'd be managers, politicians or consultants.

MOBIUS
29-06-2007, 11:10:38
Terrorists are indeed losers, especially the ones that want to kill themselves.

mr_G
29-06-2007, 11:12:40
Originally posted by MOBIUS
:cute:

This reminds me of that last bunch that just got banged up for their attempted bombings just after the 7/7 bombings...



Is that a Dutch exclamation of surprise?:D :lol: jesjes

MOBIUS
29-06-2007, 11:15:01
Holy Broken Clog, Batman!:eek:

MOBIUS
02-07-2007, 08:31:02
Just thinking after this latest attempt in Glasgow, that Allah doesn't seem to be that much in favour of these terrorist attacks because he keeps foiling them - or at least not helping as much as you would expect he could...

He even seems to be against the bombers commiting suicide.

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 08:40:10
Allah isn't what he used to be

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 08:42:35
or maybe the bombs were too small

mr_B
02-07-2007, 08:45:03
Allass

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 08:45:52
What does that mean?

mr_B
02-07-2007, 08:48:07
well there are several things in that new AWESOME word.
some A's some L's and SS, those last letters will pump up your sys a bit i guess

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 08:50:23
Like ASSHOLE

mr_B
02-07-2007, 08:51:26
you called?

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 08:54:03
Yeh, but Pfunko seems not to be here

mr_B
02-07-2007, 08:54:56
still ass leep, lazy bastard

mr_B
02-07-2007, 08:55:19
sounds laaik a fart..pffffffunko

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 09:09:47
Now how true is that!

MOBIUS
02-07-2007, 09:10:59
Pfunko! Awesome, that's it!

Still Funko, includes Punko AND sounds German - talk about ticking all the boxes!:bounce:

C.G.B. Spender
02-07-2007, 09:12:35
And P-Funk!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-07-2007, 09:23:04
Dr! P-Funk

Drekkus
04-07-2007, 07:49:48
http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/41H9M3E7KKL._SS500_.jpg

Dr. Funkostein!!!

C.G.B. Spender
04-07-2007, 07:52:45
http://www.pinkertonfx.com/punkenstein.JPG