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Terrorists 2 miles away

Posted 06-30-2007 at 02:02 PM by stevec

I've often wondered if Scotland would ever be hit by a terrorist attack. London is usually regarded as the prime target, with places like Manchester and Birmingham being held as other likely cities to be hit. However, today at 3.30pm just 2 miles away from me, Glasgow Airport in the town of Paisley was attacked by 2 men attempting to drive a jeep right into the terminal building itself. Luckily, they were not successful in getting inside the building where people were checking in, or there would have been untold carnage.

It appears the jeep was laden with petrol, although there is nothing official yet on the news from the Police or Government confirming that. Judging from the pictures though, there's seems to have been some kind of accelerant used and it's also reported that the 2 men were pouring petrol over the car before it exploded too.

Thank God nobody was injured, except one of the occupants of the vehicle itself, but it shows how easily the airport can be breached by anyone with half a mind to to damage. Now, perhaps the airport will build concrete barriers to prevent this sort of thing happening again, which frankly should have been done a long time ago anyway.

Using the airport maybe 4 times a year to fly to London and back on business, as well as having worked for an international airline there too, it's a shock to the system to see Sky news showing part of the building now in flames.

I just can't believe it's happened in my town! It's a scary world!
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    TheQuiet1's Avatar
    Makes you wonder what's going to happen next. Do you think it has any link to the car bombs in London or is it just two people being 'inspired' by recent events? (Sorry. Listen at me- thinking just because you're Scottish it means that you're just like Cracker or something! :laugh: ) Anyway, try your best to stay safe Steve. :hug:
    Posted 06-30-2007 at 06:10 PM by TheQuiet1 TheQuiet1 is offline
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    Posted 06-30-2007 at 06:56 PM by Lila64 Lila64 is offline
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    stevec's Avatar
    Oh I'm fine and safe guys, no worries. I suspect it'll take more than a couple of dipshits with petrol to make a difference to most Paisley people, so it was a futile act of desperation as far as I'm concerned.

    Hard to say at this point if it was linked with London, or if it was a just a copycat act. The methodolgy would seem to be similar, but then the methodology is very easy to copy by any muppet with a car and some petrol cans. I'm just a bit freaked out that it happened in the town where I live, which is just incredible to me.

    Cracker eh? :D
    Posted 06-30-2007 at 07:14 PM by stevec stevec is offline
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    TheQuiet1's Avatar
    Cracker eh?
    I'm sure you're a bit slimmer than him though Steve. ;)
    Posted 07-01-2007 at 02:22 PM by TheQuiet1 TheQuiet1 is offline
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    Diane L's Avatar
    Scotland has been touched by terrorism before, unfortunately. A Pan Am flight went down in Lockerbie shortly before Christmas in 1988; people who lived in the path were killed as well as all the flight's passengers.

    I was temping in an office in which an employee was on that plane. His was the first body that came home to the States.

    We can't live in fear. We have to go on with our lives and if we are in the path of one of these murderous thugs...it happens.

    I hope you will always be safe, stevec, and all the other Interferencers.
    Posted 07-01-2007 at 02:47 PM by Diane L Diane L is offline
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    stevec's Avatar
    "I'm sure you're a bit slimmer than him though Steve."

    Er no, not much I'm afraid :( Maybe a few belt notches.
    Posted 07-01-2007 at 04:14 PM by stevec stevec is offline
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    I agree Diane and for the most part, I think people do generally just "get on with it" and go about their business as best they can. It's all we can do and what we must do if we can.

    Lockerbie was almost 19 years ago now, though I remember only too well, the bulletins cutting into the TV schedules that night to deliver the news. It's still sad to watch when its referenced in various TV programmes, where clips of the crashed plane are shown. Lockerbie, '9/11' and '7/7', all moments in history that will leave a mark on all who witnessed them.
    Posted 07-01-2007 at 04:22 PM by stevec stevec is offline
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    shari schultz's Avatar
    Scary stuff. Watching coverage right now. Stay safe
    Posted 07-02-2007 at 02:03 PM by shari schultz shari schultz is offline

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