Sunday, October 14, 2007

First, it was Chelsy and now THIS?

Al Qaeda to target premiership?

Okay, it's News of the World and it's an unidentified source, so the 48 hour rule definitely applies, but still....the images conjured up of a soccer stadium in flames are just to dreadful to contemplate.

AL-QAEDA terrorists are plotting to bomb a Premiership football game LIVE on British TV.
A shock new government report reveals Osama bin Laden's fanatics are targeting top soccer stadiums packed with thousands of fans.

They know the awful sight of grounds like Chelsea's Stamford Bridge or Manchester United's Old Trafford in flames will flash around the world just like the 9/11 Twin Towers outrage.

The chilling review by Homeland Security Minister Lord West will reveal that despite increased anti-terror spending there are still massive gaps in our defences that Britain's enemies are determined to exploit.

As well as soccer clubs, the experts identify other "soft targets" such as Britain's biggest shopping centre, BLUEWATER in Kent, and the vast BACTON GAS TERMINAL in Norfolk.

A top-placed security source, who contributed to Lord West's report, revealed:

"We have concrete intelligence that al-Qaeda is planning an attack that would be seen live on television.

"We understand they're targeting a Premiership stadium, probably by a suicide pilot flying a light aircraft right into the stand while a match is being broadcast.

"Although protection is good at some stadiums it's nowhere near good enough at others."

And Patrick Mercer—the former Tory security spokesman brought in to advise Prime Minister Gordon Brown—said:

"This is a terrorist's dream—an iconic target being attacked with big casualties and real-time worldwide coverage.

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