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Dhiren BAROT: profile in bomb making

Posted By Director On June 29, 2007 @ 8:26 am In al Qaeda,International Terror,United Kingdom | Comments Disabled

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director & Sean Osborne, Assistant Director

29 June 2007: According to police and intelligence officials, the car bomb discovered early this morning outside of the London nightclub Tiger, Tiger met the very specifications from a 39-page explosives manual titled Rough Presentation for the Gas Limos Project authored by al Qaeda terrorist Dhiren BAROT, pictured above. The manual was the product of 12 months of research by BAROT that outlines an intricate plan to pack vehicles - particularly limousines, vans and SUVs - with explosives and gas cylinders, park them in car parks beneath buildings or near buildings in areas of high pedestrian traffic and detonate them.  Propane gas cylinders, the size and style used in patio grills, were identified as the best option for such bombs as the cylinders are easy to obtain, transport and construct into a bomb. The manual also explains how to coat the cylinders in napalm, use “petrol” as an additional fuel along with he addition of nitrate fertilizer, and add nails and other items to act as shrapnel to make the bomb more deadly.  Barot, 44, is serving a 30-year jail term in a British prison after his terror-related convictions for planning to explode gas and explosives packed into limousines or other large vehicles in underground car parks in coordinated attacks across Britain. He also admitted plotting to attack the New York Stock Exchange and other U.S. financial institutions.

Exclusive police source: Authorities searching for “other possible bomb-laden vehicles.”

A metallic-green Mercedes-Benz carrying propane gas cylinders, nails and “other materials” to be detonated was found by police parked on the street in Piccadilly, near the Regent Street shopping area in the Haymarket District of London shortly before 2:00 this morning. According to police, a witness observed the driver of the vehicle crash into bins near the popular nightclub Tiger, Tiger, outside an American Express foreign exchange office, and run away, leaving the vehicle at rest against the bins. The witness then called police, who immediately defused the bomb inside the vehicle.

According to police, the explosive power alone would have been sufficient to cause massive damage to the entire block. “Civilians were the obvious target,” stated one police official. A police source exclusive to the Northeast Intelligence Network in London stated that they are actively searching for additional bomb-carrying vehicles, and feel that this was “one of perhaps ’several’” other vehicles carrying IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. This source also suggested that the driver of the vehicle, seen driving erratically before crashing into the garbage bins, might not have intended this area to be the target of the blast.

As reported by the Northeast Intelligence Network, Muslim terrorists have been extensively publishing and posting on Arabic language Internet web sites various plans and instructions on the use of propane gas cylinders for terrorist attacks. There is a deep concern among counter-terrorism officials that such bombs will be eventually used in the United States, especially in areas of high pedestrian traffic, such as New York City.

Meanwhile, police are looking at the “timing” of this incident, taking place just days before the second anniversary of the bombing attacks on London’s subway system on July 7, 2005, that killed 52 people and injured over 700 others. Officials have also noted that the attempt is most probably timed to coincide with Gordon Brown’s first day as Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Recent thefts of propane cylinders in the U.S. have caused concern for police and counter-terrorism officials nationwide.

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