Terror Attack Thwarted at Picadilly

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Jun 29, 2007 11:06 AM

I was telling someone the other day that I want to visit London, as I've never been. Maybe I can make it this year, I said.  Maybe I'll have to if I want to see it, was the unspoken end of that sentence.

Luckily, the badges got the better of the jihadis today, as they did with the last British terror plot-- also known as the day the Bush administration planned a terror bust to drown out the victory cry of the Nutroots, which had just toppled the mighty Joe Lieberman in a Democratic primary. Right, Aravosis?

LONDON (AP) - Police thwarted an apparent terror attack Friday near thefamed Piccadilly Circus in the heart of London, defusing a bomb made ofa lethal mix of gasoline, propane gas, and nails after an ambulancecrew spotted smoke coming from a silver Mercedes outside a nightclub.

The bomb in the city's theater district was powerful enough to havecaused "significant injury or loss of life" - possibly killinghundreds, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.

Britain's new home secretary, Jacqui Smith called an emergency meetingof top officials, calling the attempted attack "internationalterrorism."

"We are currently facing the most serious and sustained threat to oursecurity from international terrorism," she said afterward. "Thisreinforces the need for the public to remain vigilant to the threat weface at all times."

Al Qaeda is suspected, and showed its legendary respect for women in picking the target:

The apparent target was Tiger Tiger in Haymarket, where up to 1,700 people were inside on 'ladies night'.

Because once "ladies' night" means anything other than a raucous Saturday evening of public stonings, a society is in the ol' handbasket to Hell, and Islamists are duty-bound to blow up the ladies of the discoteque and their enabling male escorts.

British officials are calling on citizens to stay vigilant, and there are rumors of an open-top bus being stopped and investigated. Looks like the driver of the Mercedes was subtle:

An eyewitness said a man had crashed the vehicle into bins near Tiger Tiger and then ran off, before the alarm was raised.

Maybe we can hope for a surveillance tape near one of the clubs on top of the eye witness.

The car, reported because it was "smoking," may have just been armed with so much gas as to make its flammable vapor visible to the eye.