Briton killed in drone strike, was to head UK Islamic Army

A British terror suspect killed in an American drone attack was to head al Qaeda group in the UK tasked to carry out Mumbai-style attacks on London, Paris and other European cities.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

London: A British terror suspect killed in an American drone attack was to head al Qaeda group in the United Kingdom tasked to carry out Mumbai-style attacks on London, Paris and other European cities.

The terrorist Abdul Jabbar, a British citizen who had a British wife was chosen as a leader of a new group to be called, The Islamic Army of Great Britain at a meeting in North Waziristan region in Pakistan`s tribal hotbed, a leading news channel reported.

The group, official sources told BBC was set up to organise synchronised terror attack in the UK, France and Germany.

The meeting which was attended by 300 militants was monitored by the intelligence agencies, but there was dissent voiced about appointing Jabbar, who was relatively new to the world of international terror.

A second meeting was called but the Briton was killed before it could take place.

"It was this intelligence that led to the missile strike by US unmanned aerial drone on September 08 which killed Jabbar and three others," BBC said.

Unfolding the contours of the terror plot, the sources told BBC that Islamic terrorist had planned to attack passengers waiting to fly at five European airports using gunmen armed with automatic assault rifles, a method similar to the devastating Mumbai-terror attacks two years ago.

The sources said the Briton was to head the group which would have included number of German nationals, sheltering in North Waziristan at that time.

The Pakistan`s ambassador to the US told the BBC`s Newsnight programme that increased US drone strikes in Pakistan`s tribal areas were linked to the European terror plot.

Hussein Haqqani said that escalation in drone strikes had come after intelligence agencies had uncovered the plot to "attack multiple targets in Europe".

Haqqani said Pakistan was working with US and European agencies to uncover the terror plans to attack Europe and appealed to the people not to panic.

The unfolding of the plot comes as Japan, Sweden, US, UK and France had issued warnings to their citizens travelling in Europe to be careful of the possibility of the terror strikes.

US channel Fox News citing intelligence sources said that the terror targets included Paris` famous landmarks of Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral and Berlin`s Brandenburg Gate.

PTI