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London Bombers Copycats?

Early on while I was live blogging the London Bombing story, my nose for news was twitching:

(Speculation Alert) I wonder if this is not the work of a group of lesser trained copy cats. FoxNews is running their sister network Sky News and they have live coverage obviously. From listening to the reports, "something ain't right." I'm giving you my gut hunch not hard facts to paint as accurate a picture as possible. Maybe if we are lucky this whole thing is a false alarm-- people being gun shy. I can't put my finger on it but (for example) they say a bus has exploded but we don't have video yet? Maybe we are just on the story early. (close wild speculation)

Now I think that even though I only had about 2 hours of sleep before Kevin woke me up, I might have been on to something:

Experts: Latest London Blasts Amateurish

LONDON - The attacks on London's transit system Thursday appeared less sophisticated than the deadly suicide bombings two weeks ago, but terrorism experts said they may have been sufficient to accomplish the goal. ...

Jeremy Binnie, an analyst with the London-based Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center, said there were key differences between Thursday's attacks and the previous blasts.

The latest strikes did not take place at rush hour, they targeted more outlying stations and "if there were bombs, they seem to have been duds," Binnie told The Associated Press. "It seems much more amateurish in many ways."

That could suggest a copycat operation, but Binnie cautioned that it was too early to tell. He said investigations into the July 7 blasts showed signs there could be a second terror cell.

Keith Burnet, an expert at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, a London-based think-tank, also said Thursday's events are part of a "copycat exercise, carried out by people not as sophisticated as the bombers who struck on July 7."

It just struck me as a poor copy early on. "Real terrorist" actually -you know- manage to kill people. But as the article notes if the goal was to cause chaos even this botched attempt accomplished that in spades.

Hat Tip to Steven Taylor


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Comments (4)

It sounds more like to me t... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

It sounds more like to me they were the bench sitters and possibly their explosives were leftovers from the first stringers. The original bomb maker may have skipped ouit and only left with the formula and some drawings and the may have modified the plans with timers or fuses because they weren't quite ready for their virgins. They may have chosen a different time of day to do it because they were worried about increased security during rush hour. Does it really matter if they are copycats as long as they are aiming at the same victims and have the same goals?

Your nose was right. Someth... (Below threshold)
NOTR:

Your nose was right. Something doesn't smell right in Londanstan. It is interesting to note that the conspiracy crowd are suggesting this is a move by Blair to get some legislation thru before Parliment goes on recess. (No word whether the any flying saucers were seen over Big Ben yet...but that is probably coming).

Not even expert terrorists ... (Below threshold)

Not even expert terrorists are able to succeed. Look at the Israeli experience. They've dealt with hundreds of terrorist infiltrations and attacks, not all of which are successful for one reason or another. Luck plays a role, but so does the skill of the bombers, the plan the terrorists sought to execute, and a multitude of other factors.

While it could be a copycat bombing, it is also possible that these explosives were not effective because the first stringers were no longer around to advise the back benchers on proper technique.

Maybe these bombs were duds... (Below threshold)
Palmateer:

Maybe these bombs were duds because the chemistry professor was away "on vacation" in Egypt?




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