Saturday, June 30, 2007

Attack on Glasgow Airport.

From the BBC, more worrying news.

"A car on fire has been driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport, police have confirmed.

Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath.

They have also described seeing two Asian men, one of whom was on fire, who had been in the car.

Strathclyde Police said two people had been arrested and detained in connection with the incident.

The airport has been evacuated and all flights suspended following the incident at 1515 BST.

A Whitehall spokesman said the incident was not being treated as a national security threat however the prime minister is being kept informed of developments and is expected to chair a meeting of COBRA - the emergency committee later.

First Minister Alex Salmond has activated emergency procedures in response to the incident.

The incident comes a day after two cars were found containing explosives in central London.

The cars contained petrol, gas cylinders and nails but the devices did not detonate.

One eyewitness said: "I heard the sound of a car's wheels spinning and smoke coming out.

"I saw a Jeep Cherokee apparently as if it was trying to get right through the doors into the terminal building.

"There were flames coming out from underneath then some men appeared from in amongst the flames.

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

Molotov cocktails

Eye-witness Richard Grey told BBC News 24: "A green Jeep was in the middle of the doorway burning.

"There was an Asian guy who was pulled out of the car by two police officers, who he was trying to fight off. They've got him on the ground.

"The car didn't actually explode. There were a few pops and bangs which presumably was the petrol."

Stephen Clarkson said he saw people running towards him and "panicking" then noticed a crashed Cherokee jeep.

Fire at airport
The car was ablaze before crashing into the building

He said he helped police restrain one of the men.

"It was lucky that I was there," he said.

"I managed to knock the man to the ground with my forearm and the police got on top of him and restrained him and put handcuffs on him."

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."

Very very worrying developments folks, very worrying.



Blogger gimme a minute said...

If this is the best they can do, then I think you can relax. Personally, I'm worried about how early I'm going to have to get up to go through security for my midday flight in a week's time. I'm very, very worried about that.

10:02 p.m.  
Anonymous bender's said...

Was only a matter of time.

Good to see they carried out the attack with the same level of competence the UDA used to and nobody apart from themselves was hurt.

I'd much preferred if they'd done Luton airport though.

12:52 p.m.  
Blogger Fat Sparrow said...

Who's bright idea was it to hire an Asian driver? I swear, Al Qaeda's standards are getting lower ever year.

At least they are fucking up, and getting caught before things go "Boom!" Personally, I don't understand how you all in Ireland and the UK manage to be so calm about all the various terrorist attacks over the years. It makes us Yanks look bad, you know.

8:11 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I DO get worried, I went through that very same airport not too long ago.
God Luton airport is ghastly.

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