The news that terrorists may be planning to replicate the Mumbai massacre in a Western city shouldn’t surprise us; one of the goals of the jihad is to bring Western civilization to its knees with divinely sanctioned terror (See number 220). What better way than to attack one of the West’s financial centers?
Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London
Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital.
In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”
The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.
The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.
It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.
During a “commando-style” raid by 10 gunmen on hotels and cafes in Mumbai in November 2008, 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days.
Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight.
“Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said.
Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.
“The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.
That last has be quite a comforting to people who live and work in the City: “Well, yes, it may well happen, but, don’t worry! We have no idea what to do! Carry on!”
Of course, defending against just such an attack is difficult, especially when the jihadis have accepted the inevitability of their own deaths and thus thrown caution to the winds. A small band that strikes quickly at targets that had been scouted in advance will have plenty of time to take hostages and do damage before the police or military can react. And if, as in the case of the Jewish center in Mumbai, the attackers don’t plan to take hostages, you can expect many dead before there’s ever a chance of rescuing them.
While the “chatter” may be just that and nothing more, it’s a given that al Qaeda and allied Salafist groups want to strike at important Western targets. And not just London: Washington, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles all present their own tempting targets, to name but a few. And it will happen: the FBI and local police have foiled over a score of serious threats in the continental United States since 9/11, most recently in New York and Denver.
Let’s not forget, they’re still trying to kill us.