Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) September 17, 2009 -- As there weren't the same security restrictions as elsewhere, Al Qaeda terrorists planned to hijack a passenger plane from Eastern Europe. They would fly the plane into a busy terminal at Heathrow airport and destroy one of the worldâs busiest international airports, killing hundreds of people. The goal was to punish Blair (Bin Laden's major enemy) for Britainâs role in Iraq.
This is the reason why Tony Blair ordered armoured vehicles and hundreds of troops to Heathrow airport, for what appeared to be no apparent reason.
Leader of the al Qaeda cell, based in east London, Abdulla Ahmed Ali of Walthamstow, wanted to outshine 9/11 with the world's largest terrorist attack, He wanted to create what he described as a "world shock".
At least 18 transatlantic jets were to be blown up by the three Islamic Brits, leaving up to 10,000 people dead. Their intention was to blow up United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada passenger jets. Hidden in lucozade bottles, liquid bombs made of hydrogen peroxide were to be taken on board. Within two hours of each the planes would have taken off from Heathrow's Terminal 3.
This scare led to a security clampdown at airports right around the earth, enforcing severe restrictions on how much liquid passengers are allowed to take on board. Counter terrorist police and prosecutors spent over Â£35 million stopping the plot and bringing Ali to justice. He had received his training in Pakistan.
Police believed the plot was hatched in Pakistan, with detailed instructions passed to Ali during his regular visits to its lawless border with Afghanistan. In August 2006 when Ali was arrested, police found a blueprint for the plot in his battered diary. This included the seven targets, airport security arrangements and details of flights on a memory stick.
Ali was so twisted he had even contemplated taking his baby son on his mission of destruction and warned in vicious video rants about how the attacks would "leave body parts scattered in the streets".
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