Brits Foil Terror Plot
Posted on Aug 10, 2006
Scotland Yard has upset a terrorist plot to explode planes in mid-flight from the UK to the U.S. As part of an operation lasting several months, authorities arrested 18 people and raised the threat level in the UK to critical, the highest possible. As of Thursday, no one boarding a plane in the UK was allowed any baggage or belongings, other than wallets and passports.
Update: Bush raised America’s threat level to red—the highest. It’s a first for America.
According to MI5’s website, critical threat level means “an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK”.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says he does not think the police believe an attack is imminent.
“The reason for raising the threat level is in case there is some other sub-plot, back-up plot around this that the police aren’t aware of,” he said.
Scotland Yard said in a statement that their investigation into the alleged plot was a “major operation” which would be “lengthy and complex”.
AP / Matt Dunham
British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday, Aug. 10, after Britain’s national security threat level was raised to critical.