Eight British men planned to explode bombs hidden in soft drinks bottles aboard planes heading across the Atlantic from Heathrow causing civilian “carnage” on an “unprecedented scale”, a jury was told yesterday.More than 1,500 passengers and crew would have been killed on at least seven flights taking off in the space of three hours from the same airport terminal.
Opening the case Peter Wright QC said the plan was for a “series of coordinated and deadly explosions” which, if successful, would have had a “truly global impact”.
“These men and others were actively involved in a deadly plan designed to bring about what would have been … a civilian death toll from an act of terror on an almost unprecedented scale,” he told the jury. Wright said the suicide mission was to be carried out “in the name of Islam”, and as the defendants watched from the dock at the top security Woolwich crown court, he said: “They are men with the cold-eyed certainty of the fanatic.”
The eight men – seven from London and one from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – all deny conspiracy to murder.
Prosecutors said the bombs would have evaded detection at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 because the components appeared to be innocent.
Liquid explosives were to have been hidden in Lucozade and other soft drinks bottles. Disposable cameras would be used to help set off the devices which would also contain regular batteries, hollowed out to contain chemicals.
The jury was told the bombs would be constructed on board. Wright said: “Once assembled they would have the capability of being detonated, we say, with devastating consequences.”
Prosecutors lay out case against ‘soft drinks bombers’Published April 4, 2008 Extremism , Law & Order , Terror Threat , Terrorism 1 Comment