Iraqi sought in London bomb plot
POLICE were last night hunting an Iraqi, suspected of plotting car-bomb attacks in Britain, who went on the run just days before two vehicles packed with petrol, gas and nails were found in central London.The suspect sounds like the one described in this recent post. The original source was the UK's Daily Mail.
Police say they are looking for an Iraqi who went on the run from a control order only 11 days before yesterday's failed bombing attempts. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is part of a six-strong cell linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
He went missing on 18 June in north-west England, and his whereabouts are unknown.
The Scotsman understands that MI5 and counter-terrorism police consider him a suspect in the failed attacks. However, security sources insisted he was "one of many possibilities".
Investigators were last night examining forensic evidence from both vehicles, and considering the echoes of earlier terrorist plots linked to al-Qaeda.
In April, five men were jailed for life for plotting to explode fertiliser bombs at targets including a London nightclub. Last November, Dhiren Barot, an al-Qaeda "general", was jailed for plots including attacks using cars loaded with gas cylinders.
Peter Clarke, Scotland Yard's anti-terrorism chief, said some facts of yesterday's plot "resonate" with earlier conspiracies. But he insisted there was "no intelligence that we were going to be attacked in this way".
A suspected Al Qaeda recruiting sergeant is on the loose in Britain after becoming the seventh control order suspect to abscond.It is not clear what the law is that prohibits the Brits from naming him or posting his picture, but it is a law that is significant benefit to the terrorist it appears. It is another example of the flaws in the lawfare model of fighting a war against terrorist.
The Iraqi asylum seeker, a follower of dead Al Qaeda warlord Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, vanished from his home on Monday.
His disappearance leaves the policy of using control orders to monitor terror suspects in tatters. A minister admitted that the orders cannot prevent "determined" suspects escaping.
The missing man is alleged to have been part of a six-man recruitment team sent to Britain by Al Qaeda in Iraq to enlist volunteers to join attacks on British and U.S. troops serving there.