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British Police Thwart Kidnap and Beheading Plot

Eight people thought to be of Pakistani origin were arrested for plotting to kidnap a British Muslim soldier and video taping his torture and beheading. They then wanted to post the video tape on the internet. From Sky News:

The eight people arrested by terror police in Birmingham were allegedly planning an Iraq-style kidnapping and beheading in the UK.


Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt says they intended to post a video of the hostage being tortured and killed on the internet.

Their target was a British Muslim soldier in his twenties who is now under police protection.

The soldier, who has not been named, has served with UK forces in Afghanistan.

His abduction would have mirrored the kidnappings of the British hostages Ken Bigley and Margaret Hassan by Iraqi insurgents.

The suspects - believed to be of Pakistani origin - were detained under the Terrorism Act after a six-month surveillance operation.

It is thought they are being held in Coventry. Two are said to be males aged 31 and 29. The latter has been named locally as Amjad Mahmood.

The Sun Online reports that this plot was part of a larger blackmail attempt against Tony Blair:

EVIL Muslim terrorists were to kidnap a British soldier on UK streets and force him to plead with Tony Blair for his life in return for a pull-out of troops from Iraq, The Sun can reveal.


The soldier would have been filmed begging the PM to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan in a sick propaganda stunt.

Army sources said the target was a British Muslim soldier in his 20s.

He would eventually be beheaded on film in a sick mirror of the torture and savage killing of British hostage Ken Bigley if Mr Blair refused.

Senior security sources say the plot would have put the most unbearable blackmail pressure on the Premier to act.

It would also have sent shockwaves through the entire British Armed Forces - putting the fear of God into every man and woman in uniform on or off duty.

[snip]

One well-placed source said: "This plot represents a staggering change of tactic.

"We have all been braced for more mainland bombs which claim many lives and cause turmoil and widespread public fear.

"This would have taken things to a new dimension. The pressure on the PM would have been unimagineable.

Thank goodness they were caught. If these terrorists had succeeded with their plan, it would have certainly emboldened other radicals in Britain to try something like that as well.


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Comments (12)

Any moment now a dhimmi-tro... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Any moment now a dhimmi-troll will come along to tell us not to worry about this; after all, it's a Religion of Peace, isn't it?

I like the first sentence i... (Below threshold)

I like the first sentence in the Sun Online version where the the perpetrators are described as "evil Muslim terrorists." Not "insurgents" or "militants" but "evil Muslim terrorists." I know the Sun is a tacky little tabloid known primarily for it's "Page Three" soft-core pr0n, but sometimes yellow journalism is good journalism.

I love that you linked to S... (Below threshold)
A lad:

I love that you linked to Sky News and The Sun - now that's some quality journalism! I know, I know, Kim, you just read The Sun for the footie and page three like all the other lads, don't you? You yanks are funny - not funny ha-ha, mind you.

Britain is literally crawli... (Below threshold)

Britain is literally crawling with terrorists these days. Didn't some of the 9/11 hijackers at one time travel through London? That's sure evidence of complicity don't you think? Maybe we should invade the place, overthrow the government and install a democracy?

Of course, in the process we should disband the British military and police, and ban every Labor party member from government. Then, we should force a constitution on them that 1/3 of the country unanimously opposes. That'll fix their terrorism problem don't you think? At the very least I'm sure they'll great us as liberators and be endless grateful for the mass tonnage we will drop on their country in the process.

Larkin, you dork"1... (Below threshold)
Son of a Pig and a Monkey:

Larkin, you dork

"1/3 of the country unanimously opposes"

What part of "unanimous" don't you understand

4/5 of wizbang blog readers unanimoulsy think you are a fucktard

OregonMuse"I li... (Below threshold)
aRepukelican:

OregonMuse

"I like the first sentence in the Sun Online version where the the perpetrators are described as "evil Muslim terrorists."

Hoe about this one: "Senior security sources say the plot would have put the most unbearable blackmail pressure on the Premier to act"

OM, meet the UK Premier, Tony Blair.

The Sun...what a rag!

4/5 of wizbang blog read... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

4/5 of wizbang blog readers unanimoulsy think you are a fucktard

...a fact that pleases me to no end...

I love that you linked ... (Below threshold)
marc:

I love that you linked to Sky News and The Sun - now that's some quality journalism! - You yanks are funny - not funny ha-ha, mind you.
Posted by: A lad at January 31, 2007 11:23 AM

Quick to condemn the sources (not that they don't need it) and Kim weren't you.

The fact that all of the following news outlets have published stories on the plot may indicate sliming Kim was utmost in your mind and not looking before you leap:

Scotsman
Belfast Telegraph
Independent
al-Reuters
Washington
Post
Wall Street Journal
Bloomberg
Guardian
Solon
Boston Globe, and many many more.

You know "A lad" it takes so little effort to not look like a fool, but I guess fools are fools because they expending the slightest amount of effort is beyond their capability.

marc: I think Cuz (a lad) w... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

marc: I think Cuz (a lad) was alluding to the fact that, of ALL the media outlets running the story, it was Weekend American Rupert Murdoch's Sky and Sun that were cited. That's how I took it.

Bryan posted:ma... (Below threshold)

Bryan posted:

marc: I think Cuz (a lad) was alluding to the fact that, of ALL the media outlets running the story, it was Weekend American Rupert Murdoch's Sky and Sun that were cited. That's how I took it.

Exactly. I also note how this comment by OregonMuse:

I like the first sentence in the Sun Online version where the the perpetrators are described as "evil Muslim terrorists." Not "insurgents" or "militants" but "evil Muslim terrorists." I know the Sun is a tacky little tabloid known primarily for it's "Page Three" soft-core pr0n, but sometimes yellow journalism is good journalism.

Yes, when yellow journalism supports your own biases, it's good journalism.


These 8 people need to have... (Below threshold)
914:

These 8 people need to have a video made of them being burned alive to put on the internet for purely entertainment reasons..

Larkin,Is English ... (Below threshold)
Son of a Pig and a Monkey:

Larkin,

Is English you first language?

The expression is "pleases me no end", not "pleases me to no end". And we all know how you love having both ends pleased




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