Breaking: Car on fire drives into Glasgow airport terminal; Update: Gas cylinders in Jeep? Update: Suspect in critical condition; Update: Scottish cops believe incident is linked to car bomb plot

posted at 11:09 am on June 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

Just breaking on CNN. No idea how serious or unserious this is, but supposedly there are no injuries reported. Stand by.

Update: Hmmm.

Police have confirmed a vehicle has driven into the terminal building in Glasgow Airport and is now on fire.

Earlier, the BBC reported witnesses saying a car on fire had tried to drive into the airport through the main doors

The car’s occupants were seen fighting with police inside the terminal, they said…

He said a four-wheel drive, believed to be a Land Rover, tried to drive into the building, but was stopped by barriers…

“A four by four had rammed into the building and caught on fire.

“Police were scuffling with a gentleman.”

Update: If this incident is a coincidence, it’s one hell of a coincidence: “Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath.”

Update: Conflicting reports now. The AP is claiming that two cars collided outside the airport, one of them catching on fire and maybe careening into the terminal.

Update: Sky seems to think there’s more to it than the AP.

A 4×4 jeep has driven into the terminal building at Glasgow airport and caught fire, police have confirmed.

Witnesses reported hearing a series of loud “bangs” and saw a man on fire…

“Everyone was in a panic and police and security were scuffling with an Asian gentleman.”

“Asian” is a word commonly used in Britain to describe Pakistanis. Needless to say, if it turns out the AP is right and all the other reports and eyewitnesses are exaggerating, this’ll end up as a textbook case of terror hysteria.

Update: The Beeb is now reporting that the Jeep “exploded” and that the two men inside were both “Asian.” It can’t have been much of an explosion, thankfully, if they were still upright and able to fight with police.

Update: CNN is carrying Sky’s coverage and the teaser at the bottom is “Witness: Man seen taking gas cylinder from car before fire.” Update: All right, their web story has it now: “Witnesses said people removed gas cylinders from the jeep before it caught fire.”

Update: From the video, it looks like the Jeep didn’t penetrate the terminate but ended up right outside the doors.

Update: This deserves a post of its own (and I’ll probably give it one later), but the Scotsman has info about yesterday’s car bomb plot that I haven’t seen elsewhere. And there is, potentially, a Scottish connection:

It was reported last night that the first car, a metallic green Mercedes, was stolen in early June and was spotted first in Scotland and then in Birmingham in the two days before the bomb was defused in London.

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”.

Here’s a report from the Beeb on June 21 about the Iraqi suspect; he’s the seventh terror suspect to escape while under a control order. If you don’t know what a control order is, see here.

Update: An eyewitness now tells the Beeb that the car didn’t actually explode, but was merely giving off “pops and bangs” which he suspects was burning gasoline. Another eyewitness reports hearing what sounded like an explosion.

Update: Maybe it’s the greatest coincidence in history.

Another witness told the BBC that the vehicle was a Land Rover and that there was a heavy stench of petrol after the car crashed. He said he did not believe the vehicle was a car bomb, saying that the explosion was relatively small.

That could simply be due to the car burning, but the powerful smell of gasoline is what tipped off bystanders to the second car bomb found yesterday in Park Lane.

The AP is still the only news agency to report this as a car crash.

Update: More from Sky. It seems safe to say that this was deliberate.

[T]here are reports the men were trying to fling petrol onto the flames.

Scott Gleeson said he saw the jeep speed up and swerve towards the terminal at an angle to hit the door.

Update: Some of the bystanders claimed to have tackled the Jeep’s passengers after they got out even though at least one of those passengers was on fire. If this was a car accident like the AP claims, why did people in the area react by attacking the “victims”?

Update: The AP appears to be backing off the collision scenario: “Amid fears of further attacks, a burning sport utility vehicle crashed at full speed into the terminal building at Glasgow airport in Scotland, police and witnesses said.”

Update: “Some people who were close by shouted ‘let him burn.’” More: “There was a lot of anger – if the crowds had got hold of this gentleman it would have been the end of him.”

Update: They’re showing CNN of the firefighters on the scene. They’ve got three hoses aimed at the Jeep and it’s still burning. Can’t wait to find out what the accelerant they used was. Meanwhile, here’s a new, odd detail from the Beeb:

Thomas Conroy, a maintenance worker at the airport believes the men deliberately tried to set the car on fire.

“It looked like they had molotov cocktails with them,” he said.

“They sort of burst them round about the flames to make sure the car would go up big style.

“Within minutes it was up and the terminal caught as well.”

Update: British cops now say two men were arrested, not four. The reports all along have described two passengers.

Update: CBS says the incident’s now been “declared” a terrorist attack, whatever that may mean. Gordon Brown’s called a meeting of COBRA, his emergency committee, for this evening.

Update: Here’s the best account of the immediate aftermath that I’ve found:

Another eyewitness, Margaret Hughes, told the BBC that people were screaming and running towards the exit shortly after the explosion.

“As soon as I left the building there was black smoke gushing out where the car had obviously been driven into the airport,” she said.

She said the man who had been on fire appeared very calm as he was led away by police.

“He seemed fairly composed, you could say almost in a state of shock,” she said.

“He was quite a large man … and very heavy set. Very dark hair and dark colouring.”

Scott Leeson was waiting to pick up a colleague when he witnessed the Jeep smash in to the airport building.

He said: “The car came speeding past at about 30mph. It was approaching the building quickly.

“Then the driver swerved the car around so he could ram straight in to the door. He must have been trying to smash straight through.

“Luckily he did not get the car too far in. He just managed to get the nose of the Jeep inside.

“I spoke to an airport official who seemed to think it was not an accident. He was very angry. He said the men in the car got out and started throwing petrol about – that must be how it caught fire.

I think he’s wrong about that last point. Other eyewitnesses supposedly saw fire on the Jeep while it was speeding towards the terminal.

Update: It’s only a shot from the back, but we’ve hit a news lull so it’s all I’ve got: the first photo of one of the suspects is at the Beeb. He doesn’t look burned at all.

Update: Contrary to earlier reports, the Evening Times says there are indeed injuries here. An eyewitness reports seeing people “lying on the road.” The Scotsman’s finally got a story up, too. The Jeep hit the bollards set up outside the terminal door; that’s why it didn’t break through into the building itself. One of the two suspects ran away with his clothes on fire and was tackled by bystanders; the cops descended on the other one and brought him down.

Update: I don’t know what to make of this — it’s probably just precautionary — but British cops have now closed Blackpool airport in northwest England, too. Meanwhile, a little-reported fact of potentially great symbolic significance: “The Queen is in Scotland today for the inauguration of Scotland’s third Parliament, the first to be under Nationalist minority control.”

Update: I can’t find anything to corroborate the report about Blackpool airport, but now Sky is saying that Alexandra hospital in Paisley, where one of the suspects was taken, is being evacuated too. Smooth move of them to publish the name and invite bomb threats.

Update: More eyewitness accounts from the Sun. They really, really wanted to get into that terminal:

“They were obviously trying to get it further inside the airport as the wheels were spinning and smoke was coming from them.

“One of the men, I think it was the driver, brought out a plastic petrol canister and poured it under the car.

“He then set light to it.”

She added: “At that point a policeman came over, the passenger got out of the car and punched him.

Another bystander describes the initial explosion as “enormous” and says the clothes — and skin — of one of the suspects “fell off” as he was running from police.

Update: COBRA is meeting now, for the third time in as many days as Brown has been prime minister. A Beeb reporter states the obvious, that there are “worrying similarities” between the incidents. No kidding: if this is all the work of one cell then MI5 somehow missed a major plot involving at least three people and three separate bombs in two different countries.

Update: Brown has moved the UK terror threat level to “critical,” the equivalent of code red here in the U.S., which means another attack is expected imminently.

Update: Counterterror officials tell the Blotter that if this is all connected, then it probably involves a cell of as many as 20 people. Really? To build and carry out three dud car bombs?

Update: The Brits’ chances of usable intel from this incident just got cut in half: CNN is reporting that the guy with the burns has gone to meet Allah. I guess the eyewitness who said his skin was falling off wasn’t kidding. Update: Wrong. See below.

Update: CNN’s wondering whether these guys might have been copycats. We’ll have to wait for more details, obviously, but assuming the reports of gas cylinders and a smell of gasoline are true, how likely is a copycat scenario here? Two angry would-be jihadis read about a failed bomb yesterday morning — and decide to emulate it, spur of the moment, by inquiring with the local shopkeep about some propane and gasoline? And no one reports it?

Update: The Scottish police are holding a presser now and say that the suspect hasn’t died, but is in critical condition — and that he had a “suspect device” on him that caused the hospital to be evacuated. They don’t know how lethal it was, or if they do, they’re not saying. To no one’s surprise, the cops think this is linked to the London car-bomb plot. “The vehicle contained materials that were flammable,” the spokesman says.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

Never fails. Girlfriend’s brother leaves Scotland to come over here for a visit, there’s trouble in London. I don’t know how he functions.

jaleach on June 30, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Looking back, I’m sure there was no terrorist involvement in Oklahoma City.

They’d never just drive up to something a blow it up. Not in a million Olbermann-years.

benrand on June 30, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Wow… I didn’t know Methodists drove Land Rovers….

Romeo13 on June 30, 2007 at 11:23 AM

I question the timing. Clearly meant to distract us from the Mercedes bombs. Somebody call Herr Olbermann.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:25 AM

The AP is claiming that two cars collided outside the airport, one of them catching on fire and maybe careening into the terminal.

Uh, just how fast do they drive on the terminal access road in Glasgow?

flipflop on June 30, 2007 at 11:25 AM

I’m gonna have to stop traveling. I was just at “Tiger Tiger” in May, and I’m going back to London next weekend.

flipflop on June 30, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Sure the car on fire isn’t a Ford Pinto?

Uh, just how fast do they drive on the terminal access road in Glasgow?

flipflop

Wondering that too…is “just outside the airport” roughly 20 feet from the terminal?

JetBoy on June 30, 2007 at 11:28 AM

I question the timing. Clearly meant to distract us from the Mercedes bombs. Somebody call Herr Olbermann.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:25 AM

Awwwww, but I wanted to question the timing…

Bad Candy on June 30, 2007 at 11:28 AM

CNN: Man seen taking gas canister from car before fire.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Well, what if the guy to out to be Amish?
Who be red-faced then? It’ll be horse and buggy lock down.

TheSitRep on June 30, 2007 at 11:34 AM

“Police were scuffling with a gentleman.”

Yeah,, Police are always scuffling with gentlemen, darn it! You just can’t trust those gentlemen once they leave their country clubs! Every time you turn your back, they go driving their blasted flaming Land Rovers into some public building where a lot of innocent people are! I wouldn’t be surprised to read later the gentleman yelled some type of snobish, uppity, crap like “god is great!” or “death to the great satan!” or something like that! Those gentlemen are all so arrogant!

JellyToast on June 30, 2007 at 11:35 AM

I also question the timing of this. It is clear that this non-event is only meant to distract us from the fact that the gay bomb is in development.

Metro on June 30, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Hmmm…let me think…innocent “Asian” men run out of their exploding car in front of an airport, and their first reaction is to fight with the police on the scene. Hold on, let me put my rose colored glasses on.

reppac122 on June 30, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Sky News video shows bright orange flames shooting out of two sides of the vehicle. Lots of black smoke.

From the photos I think it’s a Range Rover. These jihadist drive only the most expensive car bombs.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Did everyone get “ear damage” from “a loud boom”?
Or were there no propane tanks in the car in this obviously amateurish yuppie car bombing?

Besides, don’t these jihadists know you drive MINIs in order to drive inside buildings?

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 11:39 AM

Seems they were fighting before an explosion according to this BBC link — accompanying photo shows a lot of smoke and fire.

“The police ran over and the people started fighting with the police. I then heard what sounded like an explosion.”

Topsecretk9 on June 30, 2007 at 11:40 AM

This is obviously nothing more than a poorly executed attempt at making Olbermann look bad.

greggish on June 30, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Um…2 words from me… WHY Scotland?

Just seems like a pointless place to terrorize. Little TOOOO far north.

tickleddragon on June 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

That asian is gonna get a ticket.

mimi1220 on June 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

This is clearly an attempt by some freelance jihadis to get a little attention from Olbermann and Johnson. Even murderous thugs need a little love from their heroes.

Drew on June 30, 2007 at 11:44 AM

Eyewitness on Sky says the vehicle swerved away from the building and then plowed right into the doors as if on purpose. Then men jumped out with petrol cans and spread fuel everywhere. He says that taxi employees or airport passengers (ie average blokes) wrestled the men to the ground. One of the men (ie terrorists) may have caught on fire. Sweet justice!

The Brit says it was a Cherokee.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:44 AM

Things are getting interesting. Once again, if this proves to be a bomb, then the bomb makers are not very good. They are supposed to be good, due to Iraq and Afghanistan being training grounds and such. This brings me back to my issue regarding all of this: where are the competent jihadis?

We’ve been fortunate so far.

Krydor on June 30, 2007 at 11:45 AM

BBC: “Two men, one of whom was reported to be badly burned, were seen being led away in handcuffs.”

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:48 AM

These are second and third stringers, since most of the expert bomb makers have been killed in Iraq.

Thank God these have not been worse.

Stormy70 on June 30, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Sky Via Fox: 4 people arrested

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2007 at 11:49 AM

SKY: They’ve arrested 4 people.

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Update: The Beeb is now reporting that the Jeep “exploded” and that the two men inside were both “Asian.”

…paging Mr. Rocker…Mr. John Rocker…please report to Gate 3…

fusionaddict on June 30, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Sky on Fox News: Four men arrested.

Police confirmed. 4. Men. Got to be crazed Anglicans.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:49 AM

When will the government step back and let the 58 million Britons, who despise Jihadists, take care of this rotten 2 million citizens?

I was actually thinking yesterday that Scotland has not been attacked, despite the fact that it has the same foreign policy (obviously) … now it has happened.

I was delighted to hear the 4 Asian Jihadists were burning! I guess Allah forgot about them, I wonder if the 72 virgins will enjoy the burnt Jihadists?

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 11:50 AM

I’m thinking that the graduating students from the terrorist school of training grades on a curve.

This is now 3 in a row that these people (THANK GOD!!!) have screwed up.

HarryStar on June 30, 2007 at 11:50 AM

SKY Anchor: Still characterizing it as “potential terror”. What the hell is wrong with these people? How did her genes survive into the modern age?

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 11:50 AM

fusionaddict: lmao!!

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 11:51 AM

WHY Scotland?
tickleddragon on June 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Scotland IS still part of Great Britain! And there are just as many “Asians” there. I will say, however, that the Scots are not nearly as accomodating to their newcomers as the English.

Friend of mine works at Customs at Glasgow Airport. Luckily he’s a M-F, 9-5′er. Haven’t been able to reach him yet (probably at the pub or at a Glasgow Celtic game.) I’m sure I’ll be able to get the real skinny from him eventually.

IrishEi on June 30, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Clearly an early promo for the next Sean Connery movie.

“Raiders of the Lost Arc” (as in Crescent…).

profitsbeard on June 30, 2007 at 11:51 AM

Used Jeep Cherokee: 5,000 dollars.

Full can of petrol: 20 dollars.

A wanna be jihadist on fire: Priceless!

Tony737 on June 30, 2007 at 11:52 AM

I question the timing.

I can’t wait for the liberal pukes to call this a “copycat” of the latest Mercedes bombing.

csdeven on June 30, 2007 at 11:52 AM

The BBC link says it was a Jeep Cherokee, the same weapon used by my local, somewhat unsuccessful, “Jeep jihadi” in 2006. If so, Mo will be happy he has a copycat.

eeyore on June 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Airport closed. Even if no one was hurt the economic damage is quite substantial. Terminal One burned; smoke damage. Airport closed. Flights canceled. Got to millions of pound worth of loss. And what did it cost them? A Jeep and some gasoline?

Nice return on investment from the jihadist point of view.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Hold on, let me put my rose colored glasses on.

You sure that isn’t Rosie colored glasses?

JamesLee on June 30, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Yet another incompetent attempt to distract us from the real news, Edwards/Coulter and Paris Hilton. If our attention wanders, the terrorists win.

CNN just called it “an attempted terrorist attack.” Whew! Thank goodness it failed the terrorist attack test. Just your average Jeep going through the front doors and exploding. It happens.

Bacchus on June 30, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Call me an alarmist if you want but I can’t help but think these “incompetent” attacks could be part of a larger plot.
You have AQ sending in every swinging Richard that wants to help the cause. These attacks pull resources and eyeballs off of the major players even temporarily. This in turn allows them to go forward with plots of a larger magnitude.
Think of Tet offensive with an even bigger BOOM!!!

Or maybe Olby and his ilk will just lump me in with the rest of the loony right wingers who are making up conspiracy theories in order to further the imperialist Dreams of King George and crew.

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Best line so far: “Sure the car on fire isn’t a Ford Pinto?” by Jetboy!

csdeven, did you kids get you “Lone Survivor” for Father’s Day?

Tony737 on June 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM

Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the thrid time it’s enemy action.

JackStraw on June 30, 2007 at 12:01 PM

where are the competent jihadis?

We’ve been fortunate so far.

Krydor on June 30, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Maybe we kill them so fast that they can’t pass on quality training.

Guardian on June 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM

csdeven, did you kids get you “Lone Survivor” for Father’s Day?

Tony737 on June 30, 2007 at 11:59 AM

No. So now I’m working on the wife. I’ll give that a week and then just go buy it myself.

csdeven on June 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM

In Chess you send the pawns in first.

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 12:02 PM

This topic reminds me … Suggested reading: “While Europe Slept” and “The West’s Last Chance”.

Tony737 on June 30, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Sky reports several injuries.

amerpundit on June 30, 2007 at 12:03 PM

I almost forgot one of the best arguments about the terrorists from many on the left:

“If only we would stop attacking them, they wouldn’t attack us”.

Boy, it must’ve been all of those Scotts that went to Iraq and Afghanistan that are really p*ssing off those Jihadists!!!

HarryStar on June 30, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Um…2 words from me… WHY Scotland?
Just seems like a pointless place to terrorize. Little TOOOO far north.
tickleddragon on June 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Glascow is the roughest town in GB. Bar none. It’s worse than a ‘white 5 points’ or east LA. Which makes it a great place to plan terror, no snitches, no cops after dark, etc.
and, it’s a lot closer to London than Pakistan. Say, within driving distance?

shooter on June 30, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Boy, it must’ve been all of those Scotts that went to Iraq and Afghanistan that are really p*ssing off those Jihadists!!!

HarryStar

They’re called the “Black Watch”. They’ve been quite effective in both countries.

Krydor on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

England used to keep some sort of “channel” between itself and Islam; I think they called it “the English Channel.” It was a pretty handy barrier; you know, England was on one side, and Islam on the other. I wonder what happened to that; people are so negligent.

Kralizec on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

HarryStar, Scotland is in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and N. Ireland) are ofcourse in the war … thus Scotland and its troops are.

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

I almost forgot one of the best arguments about the terrorists from many on the left:

“If only we would stop attacking them, they wouldn’t attack us”.

Boy, it must’ve been all of those Scotts that went to Iraq and Afghanistan that are really p*ssing off those Jihadists!!!

HarryStar on June 30, 2007 at 12:04 PM

That won’t matter to the leftist media. As has already been pointed out, Scotland is part of Great Britain. So I guess they had it coming.

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 12:07 PM

They have millions of pawns, generating more everyday. Cost – barely nothing. Thomas is right. This will cost millions in damages – repairs to physical damage, overtime, extra investigations, extra security at other airports, missed flights, encouragement to other jihadis based on the fact that they found some kind of security hole, on and on..

Our $ expenditure rate compared to theirs is astounding.

This may have not been as successful as the enemy wanted, but it was successful.

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 12:10 PM

Friday: England
Saturday: Scotland

You’re next Wales. Brace yourselves.

Who wants to bet on when and where attack number 3 happens?

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 12:11 PM

If this was a car accident like the AP claims, why did people in the area react by attacking the “victims”?

Racial profiling?

RedWinged Blackbird on June 30, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Who wants to bet on when and where attack number 3 happens?

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 12:11 PM

I’d bet Northern Ireland over Wales. Got a couple of big mosques there and a history of radicals.

IrishEi on June 30, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Damn those racist Scots and Brits, wrestling burning “Asians” to the ground!
Just because the “Asians” were trying to add fuel to the flames is no reason to pummel them into submission!

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 12:15 PM

Propane and propane accessories?

If we’ve lost Hank Hill, then we’ve lost the war. God save us.

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 12:15 PM

And so the justification for remaining in Iraq and redoubling the effort to kill as many of these young lions of Islam as possible is slapped across the face of England. It’s neat how these things work out. Ancient outgunned cultures are always done in by their young lions. Oh well. Can’t have Iraq be a breeding ground.

pc on June 30, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Eyewitness Stephen Clarkson has told the BBC that he knocked the driver of the jeep to the ground after he got out of the burning vehicle.

sugiero on June 30, 2007 at 12:16 PM

They’re called the “Black Watch”. They’ve been quite effective in both countries.

Krydor on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

HarryStar, Scotland is in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United Kingdom (of Great Britain and N. Ireland) are ofcourse in the war … thus Scotland and its troops are.

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:06 PM

My poor post. I was trying to point out that the only 2 countries which are REALLY fighting in Iraq are the USA and Great Britain (That is according to the MSM who laughs when you mention the “other” countries participating such as Poland, SCOTLAND, etc)

In other words, the MSM talks down the other “smaller” countries that are in Iraq & Afghanistan as no big deal, they’re “insignificant”, small troop sizes, etc.

NOW the MSM will be talking “up” these countries as “there continuing role in the Iraqi war which caused the Jihadists to attack their country”.

HarryStar on June 30, 2007 at 12:16 PM

At what point does Olberdouche finally admit he’s just a monkey posing as a journalist?

No doubt he’ll be pimping the AP car crash angle on Countdown — if he mentions it all.

Blacksheep on June 30, 2007 at 12:17 PM

This will probably wind up in the Reuters “Oddly Enough” category.

WisCon on June 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Boy, I’ll tell you what…here in Chicago we better hope nothing ever like that happens here. Can you imagine the look on Daley’s face? The way this scumbag Democrat(redundant) hires and promotes Police/Fire officers… affirmitave action/clout… the terrorists would be crazy (they aren’t?) not to target this place. It’d be like takin’ candy from a baby. Totally imcompitent. But I guess that’s only if you consider taco stands and pierogi factories high value targets.

LtE126 on June 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Scotland makes sense right? London is on high alert. Who’s thinking about Glasgow? If all the jihadists want is mass casualties then there are medium-sized towns all over the UK. Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds – any one of these, indeed all of them, are in the jihadist crosshairs. Pubs, nightclubs, concerts, schools, airports, train stations – attack number 3 is being prepped right now. The target is already picked and cased and observed.

Hang on Brits, it’s gonna be a bumpy, and fiery, ride.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

Olby probably doesn’t think this is much either.

windbag on June 30, 2007 at 12:22 PM

I love how this post is above the Larry Johnson/Olbyloon denial/question the timing post.

Perfect juxtaposition.

Good Lt on June 30, 2007 at 12:23 PM

I noticed that all flights at the airport were cancelled. I hope these idiots don’t spawn copycats. They could cause a world of problems even if they don’t kill anyone.

fiatboomer on June 30, 2007 at 12:24 PM

tickleddragon on June 30, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Popular airport.

amerpundit on June 30, 2007 at 12:24 PM

We should take the fight to their homes, I know the saying an “Englishman’s home is his castle”, luckily the Jihadists are not English or Scotish … I have no problem taking the fight to their house, their Mosque, their training camps … bomb them all.

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:25 PM

yeah…it’s always amazed me that the barbarians always go after the harder targets. Here in the US the trauma would be FAR worse if a series of incidents hit at malls around the country. Whether the incidents were bomb related(firecrackers even) or weapon related(virgin huntin’ barbarian walks in with a couple swap meet bought pistols ans starts blazing away), the impact on the American psyche would be pretty rough…for a while anyway. Then lookout.

Pilgrim on June 30, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Sky expert: “Obviously this is a terrorist attack, people don’t just drive their cars into airports”.

Finally, somebody with the giblets to say it!

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Anyone care to venture a guess as to what Keith Olbermann (D) will have to say about all this??

‘Uh, maybe it was just bad valet parking job…..uh yeah thats it….nothing to worry about here…..uh…..I hate Bush!’

ericire12 on June 30, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Arson attacks at airports are stupid. Would work at a hotel lobby.

pat on June 30, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Well, as many of the comments to those articles imply, this is obviously Blair’s fault. And ergo it’s Bush’s fault.

I wonder how long Europe will go until one government finally decides it’s had enough…

brak on June 30, 2007 at 12:29 PM

“Some people who were close by shouted ‘let him burn.’” More: “There was a lot of anger – if the crowds had got hold of this gentleman it would have been the end of him.”

The Scottish are a bit different.

PRCalDude on June 30, 2007 at 12:29 PM

They have millions of pawns, generating more everyday.

good point.

Since they start brain washing ‘youths’ at 2 years old and continue on up thru their teens, the ‘asians’ and ‘tiny minority’ of ‘radical muslims’ could actually be in the MILLIONS. Many millions.
We’ve all seen it, kids with guns-AK47′s, bandoleers (aka rosie belts) , they don’t have schools, they have madrassa’s teaching hate hate hate all infidels. The muslim children in the islamofascist movement is, in reality, endless and they have one goal, dominate the world with islam.

read just the first three or four chapters of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, Infidel, it will scare the crap out of you. Equality has no meaning in islam, not even with-in islam. Ever.

shooter on June 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Douse the flames. Interrogate him. Set him back on fire.

IreneFingIrene on June 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Exactly what *is* the jihadi obsession with airports anyway? Is there something in the Koran about incinerating overpriced candy bars and California Pizza Kitchens?

fiatboomer on June 30, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Europe has always been hostile to “foreign religions”, why can’t we return to our heritage and clean them out of Europe … although I imagine Pelosi/Reid might give them all amnesty in the US, sorry!

I’m not sure if this is the Jihadists pointing out that every part of the UK is open, they will hit England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland – as all have troops in Afghanistan and Iraq – OR – it could be because Gordon Brown is Scotish.

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:35 PM

Welcome to 10 Downing Gordy Brown. Here’s are some presents for you – car bombs! The gifts that keep on giving.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 12:35 PM

CNN: Man seen taking gas canister from car before fire.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Not sure if someone else has already pointed this out in this post, but IMHO if the above information turns out to be true I believe the vehicle wasn’t the main explosive device to be detonated. Instead the vehicle was set on fire as a diversionary tactic so one of the perps (the man allegedly seen running to get inside the terminal with a gas cylinder) to detonate the cylinder inside the terminal.

Just a theory but I’m fairly confident this is what the perps plans were, it will be interesting to see if I’m right once more information is available.

Liberty or Death on June 30, 2007 at 12:37 PM

The Scottish are a bit different.

PRCalDude on June 30, 2007 at 12:29 PM

Absolutely. The Scots themselves are not nearly as PC as the rest of Europe. Problem is, they are shackled by the same moonbat government types.

IrishEi on June 30, 2007 at 12:37 PM

“Some people who were close by shouted ‘let him burn.’”

Can’t say I blame them.

A seventh terror suspect has absconded while under a control order, the Home Office has confirmed.

Not a whole hell of a lot of actual control in those control orders are there? Why do they even think this idea would work with terrorists they have already caught once before planning terrorist acts?

Guardian on June 30, 2007 at 12:37 PM

I like how Tony Blair didn’t need Britain to be attacked before waging a war … infact, he waged 2 before we were attacked.

Maybe Gordon will announce 4 new wars now we have been – main target: Jihadistan.

GBCrane on June 30, 2007 at 12:40 PM

Currently at an airport, I can’t tell you how happy this news makes me… :-/

tdau1997 on June 30, 2007 at 12:42 PM

Did the police violate the civil rights of the “Asians”? I want answers now!

SouthernGent on June 30, 2007 at 12:42 PM

On the brighter side of the news, just this week 14 potential Sunni jihadi terrorists (“insurgents”) in Iraq blew themselves up by accident while rigging a truck with explosives in the city of Shirqat.

Boom

How do you say Ooops! in Iraqi Arabic

profitsbeard on June 30, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Looking at one pic on the Beeb site there appears to be a traffic lane going straight into the terminal were the SUV went.

I bet that gets a barrier placed there.

Speakup on June 30, 2007 at 12:49 PM

The “proper” pronunciation of Cherokee in British is Cherrr O! kee.

BowHuntingTexas on June 30, 2007 at 12:50 PM

That this happened in Glasgow makes sense – there’s a large Pakistani population in the city and Pakistani gangs actually “run” some sections of the city. This was the town where a gang of muslims in their 20s kidnapped and tortured to death a 15-year-old white teenager called Kriss Donald…..wikipedia say this about the incident..

“On 16 March 2004, Donald was abducted from Kenmure Street, beside the Pollokshields Bowling Club at the foot of McCulloch Street where he lived with his mother and three sisters. The gang who kidnapped him took him on a 200-mile journey to Dundee and back while they made phone calls looking for a house to take him to. Having no success at this, they returned to Glasgow and took him to the Clyde Walkway, near Celtic Football Club’s training ground.
There, they held his arms and stabbed him 13 times. He sustained internal injuries to three arteries, one of his lungs, his liver and a kidney, and was doused in petrol, set on fire and left to die.[1]
The five men convicted of the abduction and murder, all of whom were British Asians of Pakistani origin, were convicted of racially aggravated offences. After the murder, some of Donald’s attackers fled the United Kingdom and sought refuge in Pakistan. Three suspects were arrested in Pakistan in July 2005 and extradited to the UK in October 2005, following the intervention of Mohammed Sarwar, the MP for Glasgow Central.”

Oh yeah, and the MP has now resigned because of death threats made against him by muslim gangs. Isn’t multi-culturalism wonderful.

London Boy on June 30, 2007 at 12:50 PM

How do you say Ooops! in Iraqi Arabic

Allahu AkBOOM!

RedWinged Blackbird on June 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Looking at one pic on the Beeb site there appears to be a traffic lane going straight into the terminal were the SUV went.

I bet that gets a barrier placed there.

Speakup on June 30, 2007 at 12:49 PM

No no no, implementing more CCTV cameras is what is called for here /British MP

WisCon on June 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM

Comment pages: 1 2