Two British brothers. The men. One of them was named Abdul Jabber. They were involved with al-Qaeda. And so yet again the mainstream media asks a hapless public to figure out the motive and goal of these planned attacks, because mainstream media "journalists" cannot or will not explain those motives and goals themselves.
Two British brothers are said to be "at the heart" of an al-Qaeda plot to launch Mumbai-style terrorist attacks on the West.
Intelligence sources say the pair are part of a 10-strong team who were planning to launch shooting sprees on cities in Britain, France and Germany.
A Pakistani intelligence official, who is part of a team that has been tracking militants, said that they had been watching the two British brothers for nearly a year.
In recent weeks the men had been in telephone contact with London as they sought help in securing weapons and preparing the plot.
The official told the Associated Press: "They have been making calls to Germany and London. They have been talking about and looking for facilitators and logistics they need there to carry out terror strikes."
The suspects, and the eight German members for the attack team, have backing from al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban, the official said.
Although he characterised the plot as "immature," the Pakistani official warned against underestimating the group, adding: "It does not mean that they are not capable of materialising their designs. They are very much working on it."
However, the official said that one of the brothers, named as Abdul Jabber, had been killed in a US missile strike on militant camps in Pakistan's tribal borders....
The 10 Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai in India two years ago killed 166 people and injured more than 300, gaining world-wide notoriety....
Tariq Dar, a community organiser in North London, said there were about 80,000 expatriats from Jhelum in Britain, most of whom arrived in the 1960s.
"We came here to contribute to the economy and nine-nine per cent are law-abiding citizens," Mr Dar said. "I go back to Jhelum quite often and I don't see any active militant organsiations."
However Abdulla Ahmed Ali, the leader of a plot to bring down trans-Atlantic aircraft using home-made liquid bombs, was brought up in Walthamstow, East London, and Jhelum and Omar Khyam, the leader of the fertiliser gang planning to blow up a shopping centre or nightclub, also visited the town before attending an al-Qaeda training camp in Malakand.
The city, which is 55 miles south east of Islamabad, has a population of about 175,000.
Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office said they had "concrete evidence" that 70 people have travelled from Germany to Pakistan and Afghanistan for military training and the figure could be as high as 220.
Ahmed Sidiqi, 36, a German citizen who was captured in Kabul in July, is said to have given American interrogators some of the information that led to the unraveling of the latest plot.
It is said to be separate from an alert in France earlier this month that led to the Eiffel Tower being evacuated on two occasions....