Car fire closes Scotland airport


A car on fire has been driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport, police have confirmed.

Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath.

They have also described seeing two Asian men, one of whom was on fire, who had been in the car.

The airport has been evacuated and all flights suspended following the incident at 1515 BST.

A Whitehall spokesman said the incident was not being treated as a national security threat.

Fires in the electrical wiring of Jeeps have been a problem for some time. I suspect a manufacturing defect is more responsible than a terrorist act.

Update: The BBC reports that two "Asian" men were arrested for crashing the burning car into the airport. Asian is BBC code for Pakistani, which probably means they were Muslims.

In a separate report the BBC says the threat level in the UK has been raised to "critical."


The critical threat level indicates terrorist attacks are imminent. It is the highest possible level and was also in place after the 7 July 2005 suicide bomb attacks on London.

Fortnately, it apppears that the attackers are either inept are having bad luck this time. I think this may reflect the impact of attrition on al Qaeda's operations as they are left with managers and "martyrs" who are not up to the job of mass murder.

The Guardian says the attack in Scotland has the look of an al Qaeda attack. One of the "Asians" attempted to pour gas over himself as he was burning.


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