Terrorist targeting in the UK
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They are alleged to have carried out reconnaissance missions before deciding on their possible targets.There is more. Here is the Guardian report.
Police were said to have found a list of six sites, including the full postal address of the Stock Exchange, Boris Johnson’s London mayoral office and the US embassy.
Defendants were seen studying the tower of Big Ben, before inspecting Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and the Church of Scientology.
Al-Qaeda inspired books and leaflets, including instructions on making a pipe bomb, were also uncovered during the counter-terrorism operation.
A reconnaissance trip is alleged to have been made from Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall to Westminster Bridge where Big Ben was studied intently.
A mobile phone had appeared to be raised and pointed towards the clock tower, the court heard.
Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye were also closely examined before the Church of Scientology near Blackfriars was allegedly observed intently for some minutes.
The journey ended with a meal in a McDonald’s fast food restaurant, the court heard.
Police searches are said to have uncovered two issues of the al Qaeda extremist magazine Inspire, which is published in English in Yemen and is aimed at a Western audience. An article in issue one was entitled “How to make a pipe bomb in the kitchen of your mom”, while issue two included “What to expect in jihad” and “Tips for our brothers in the US”.
The group appears to have been carried away with their religious bigotry and a desire to commit mass murder. This is a disease of radical Islam that is destroying the lives of many of its followers as well as those who refuse to follow.