Al Qaeda to target UK-bound flights from Pakistan
Al Qaeda may use undetectable chemical explosives available in liquid form.
Karachi: Al Qaeda is planning to target UK-bound flights taking off from Pakistani airports, using undetectable chemical explosives available in liquid form, according to a report.
An intelligence agency has reported that a Pakistani airport will be used for a terror attack on a UK-bound aircraft in the near future, The Nation reports.
Intelligence agencies have also reported that the terrorists have already completed the plan to achieve their target.
The spy agency pointed out that the terrorists would use liquid explosives, which are undetectable and can be carried by passengers without any hindrance.
The communiqué stated that limited information is presently available about the people or group involved in the plan.
Secret agencies have also pinpointed that al Qaeda had planned two terrorist attacks previously on the same pattern.
Although al Qaeda failed to accomplish the mission in those attempts, it improved its capability to launch Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) consisting of chemicals only.
Since such an IED has no metal component, it would pass undetected through the metal scanners installed at airports and VVIP lounges.
The communiqué mentioned the reference of previous attempts carried out by the al Qaeda- the first incident involving a Nigerian, Umer Farouk Abdul Mutalab, who attempted to bomb a US-bound flight, but was overpowered by the passengers.
In the second incident, the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister was injured by a similar suicide attack from a visitor.
Following the reports, concerned organisations have been directed to maximise the level of security parameters, especially for UK-bound flights.