“This is a large scale, pre-planned and intelligence led operation involving several forces.” Against whom? “People.” “Men.” “Five from Cardiff, four from Stoke and three from London.” “Aged between 17 and 28.” Are we getting any warmer? “Plotters.” “Suspects.”
We apparently don’t know much of anything about them. They could be Wesleyan fanatics. Amish separatists. Animal rights activists. But one thing we don’t know about them is specified in the article: “It is not thought the men have any connection with Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, the Stockholm suicide bomber who lived in Luton for many years.”
So that would seem to assume what the article has up to that point studiously avoided telling us: that they were Islamic jihadists, which everyone already knew anyway. But imagine the press in December 1941 talking about “men” who bombed Pearl Harbor, and the article telling us that it was not thought that they had any connection to the Emperor Hirohito. Well, what kind of connection makes a connection? What if they believed the same things and were working toward the same goals? Why not mention Japan? What would have been gained?
“Anti-terror police arrest 12 people in nationwide raids,” by Peter Hutchison in the Telegraph, December 20 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Anti-terror police arrested twelve men on Monday morning in a large-scale counter terrorism operation spanning cities across the country.
The men – five from Cardiff, four from Stoke and three from London – were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in Britain.
Aged between 17 and 28, the suspects were detained at approximately 5am.
Police believe the plotters were planning to set off a number of bombs in “multiple locations”, according to reports….
It is not yet known whether police believed an attack was imminent.
Searches are now being conducted at the home addresses, plus the address in Birmingham and another residence in London….
Assistant Commissioner John Yates, national lead for counter terrorism policing, says: “This is a large scale, pre-planned and intelligence led operation involving several forces.
“The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time about the suspected offences. However, I believe it was necessary at this time to take action in order to ensure public safety.”
It is not thought the men have any connection with Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, the Stockholm suicide bomber who lived in Luton for many years.