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Britain: Major terror plot foiled

H S Rao in London | August 10, 2006 12:49 IST

A major terrorist plot to blow up an aircraft in mid-flight in the United Kingdom has been foiled and a number of people have been arrested, police said on Thursday.

British Intelligence agency M15 said the current threat level is critical -- the highest possible -- and security at all airports in the UK has been increased with additional security measures put in place for all flights.

It is thought that the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled onto aircraft hand baggage and attacks would have particularly targeted flights from the UK to the United States, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

Only bare essentials -- including passports and wallets -- will be allowed to be carried on board in transparent plastic bags. However, there are no changes to current hold baggage security measures.

Overnight, police arrested a number of people in London - the culmination of a major covert counter-terrorist operation lasting several months.

"Regrettably, significant delays at airports are inevitable. Passengers are being asked to allow themselves plenty of extra time and to ensure that other than the few permitted items listed above, all their belongings are placed in their hold baggage and checked in," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

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Number of User Comments: 10




Sub: Inadequate Security Awareness.

We have yet not understood the paramount importance of the security functioning, and still thinking security 'watchman minded'business. We have to up-grade our security awareness ...


Posted by Yashawant Bhatt





Sub: comment

I,knew such type & may b more drastic measures like not allowing any baggage in the hold also, air travel also 2 b ultimately stopped. ...


Posted by acharya





Sub: Diverting Attention

it seems a good ploy to divert the attention of public from attack on Lebanon by Israel


Posted by mushfiq





Sub: Correction

the name of the British Intelligence agency given in this article i.e. M15 is incorrect. Its actually called as MI5.


Posted by dhairyasheel desai





Sub: Terror watch

India should never let the guard down, when it comes to security.Britain escaped another possible mayhem because of the close watch mounted by its M15 ...


Posted by Amarnath




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