Wednesday, August 09, 2006

London: 'Plot to blow up planes' foiled

Most Americans are sleeping now, but it's still before midnight here in Hawaii. For several hours we've been watching events in London unfold.

This is a news blog, but this is the first time we have blogged breaking news as it's happening.

Here is what we know, so far:

According to the BBC:
A terrorist plot to blow up planes in mid-flight from the UK to the US has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said.

It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled on to as many as 10 aircraft in hand luggage.

Police arrested about 18 people in the London area and West Midlands after an anti-terrorist operation.

High security is causing delays at all UK airports, Heathrow is closed to incoming flights, and MI5 has raised the threat level to critical.

According to MI5's website, critical threat level - the highest - means "an attack is expected imminently and indicates an extremely high level of threat to the UK".
Cable/satellite news channels in the U.S. all have suspended regular programming to carry continuous coverage of events in the U.K.. CNN is showing the live CNN International broadcast from London. Fox News has a live feed from Sky News. MSNBC is running a broadcast from ITN in Britain.

To be continued (unfortunately).

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