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quinta-feira, agosto 10, 2006


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    'Mass murder terror plot' uncovered · 21 held after overnight raids· Plot 'intended to be mass murder'· Chaos at British airports Mark Oliver and agencies Thursday August 10, 2006Guardian Unlimited Armed police walk through crowds of people at Gatwick airport. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty
    A plot to kill thousands of people by detonating explosions in a "wave" of attacks on up to 10 transatlantic flights from UK airports was disrupted overnight.
    The home secretary, John Reid, said today that the alleged plans could have caused civilian casualties on an "unprecedented scale".
    The alleged plot was to cause near simultaneous blasts on multiple flights - with US-bound planes a particular target - using explosives smuggled into passenger cabins inside hand luggage.
    Officials would not confirm the number of flights believed to be targets - sources said up to 10 - and Mr Reid would only say alleged intention was to cause a "wave" of attacks.
    Paul Stephenson, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, spoke of the threat of "mass murder" on an "unimaginable scale".
    Mr Stephenson said 21 people were in custody today following overnight raids by anti-terror police and the security services. He said officials had believed it was "absolutely essential" that officers moved against the suspects last night, but there was no firm indication that security services expected an attack today.
    Mr Reid said there was confidence the "main players have been accounted for", but he added that officials were not being "complacent". Earlier, US officials said it was possible people linked to the plot remained at large.
    At 2am, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the UK terror alert from severe to critical - its highest level - for the first time. The Home Office website defines critical as meaning an attack is expected imminently. The US government responded by raising its threat assessment to red, the highest level, for commercial flights from Britain.
    Emergency restrictions are in place at British airports barring passengers from taking onboard any hand luggage, apart from travel documents and essential prescriptions. There is major disruption to flights in the UK and European airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights into London; flights at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports have been particularly disrupted.
    Reports suggested the plot revolved around liquid-based explosives, and all passengers from the UK and the US were being told they could not carry liquid or lotions onto flights. Heathrow officials said all milk for babies would have to be tasted by an "accompanying passenger".
    Sources said those arrested were British-born; Mr Reid would not comment on the background of the detainees.
    Most of the suspects detained overnight were arrested in London; two people were also arrested in Birmingham and Mr Stephenson said there had also been an operation in the Thames Valley. There were reports of anti-terror officers being deployed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Mr Stephenson said a number of addresses were being searched and it is believed some explosive materials have been found, though this has not been confirmed.
    Peter Clarke, the head of the Met's anti-terror branch, said the operation had involved an "unprecedented level of surveillance" and had reached a "critical point" last night when officers move to "protect the public".
    The focus of the long investigation had been on the "meetings, movement, travel, pending and the aspirations of a large group of people" and the alleged plot had "global dimensions", he said.
    US officials are taking the developments extremely seriously and passengers in the US have also been prohibited from carrying liquids or lotions on flights. Michael Chertoff, the US homeland security secretary, said: "We believe that these arrests have significantly disrupted the threat, but we cannot be sure that the threat has been entirely eliminated or the plot completely thwarted."
    If 10 planes had been targeted, this would have been by far the most ambitious terror plot since the September 11 2001 attacks in the US killed more than 2,700 people. Experts said the ambition of the latest alleged plot suggested links to al-Qaida.
    US counter-terrorism officials told the Associated Press that three major US airlines - United, American Airlines and Continental - had been targeted.»