Friday, August 11, 2006

Liquid explosives may be the next terrorist weapon

Britain is still on red alert after thwarting the terrorist plot to kill thousands of people by detonating explosions on up to 10 transatlantic flights from UK airports yesterday .

The plotters who are now in British custody had planned to carry the components of the bombs disguised as beverages, electronic devices or other common objects.

If 10 planes had been targeted, it would have been by far the most ambitious terror plot since the September 11 2001 attacks in the US killed more than 2,700 people.

The liquid explosives thought to be at the centre of the foiled terrorist plot to down aeroplanes between the UK and the US can be detected by high-tech scanners that can produce the kind of images shown here are already in use at London’s Heathrow airport.

The Rapiscan Secure 1000 is unlike traditional airport scanners in that it can detect organic materials, such as explosives, narcotics and ceramic weapons, as well as metal items. Experts familiar with the device says it is easily capable of detecting liquid explosives such as triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and nitroglycerin.

The British authorities have done a superb job nabbing the homegrown terrorists .

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