The Muslim men’s 2006 plan to detonate liquid explosives on aircraft flying across the Atlantic was stage-planned in Pakistan.
Remember in 2006 when you suddenly couldn’t take liquids aboard airplanes? The terrorists who brought you that inconvenience were convicted in England yesterday.
Prosecutors there convicted three British-born Muslims of plotting to blow up several cross-Atlantic airliners using liquid bombs and kill as many as 10,000 people. The antiterrorist investigation, the largest in England’s history, exposed that the would-be bombers traveled frequently to Pakistan to learn bomb-making techniques, and that the plot was stage-directed by masterminds in Pakistan.
One of those masterminds is thought to have been Rashid Rauf, a militant with links to the central command of Al-Qaeda. He escaped from a Pakistani jail last year, and was later killed by a Predator drone attack in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
England’s Independent newspaper reported that the airliner plot was conceived on Pakistani soil:
One senior counter-terrorism source said: "In terms of al Qaida involvement, there is a large part of this plot that has been thought through or invented in Pakistan.