Monday, November 14, 2005

Jihadis Arrested Next To
Australian Nuclear Power Plant

Three Jihadis were arrested in Australia recently, after they were caught near a nuclear power plant. From the Guardian, via the Drunken Blogger:

Three of the 18 terror suspects arrested in Sydney and Melbourne last week were stopped and questioned by police near Australia's only nuclear power station, it was claimed today.

A document released to the court where the eight people arrested in Sydney had their first hearing alleged that three of the suspects had been stopped in their car near the city's nuclear facility in December 2004.

The men also had an off-road motorbike and claimed they were there to ride, the document said. It added that all three had given different versions of the day's events to police.

Police inquiries revealed the lock of a gate to a reactor reservoir had recently been cut.

The three - Mazen Touma, Mohammed Elomar and Abdul Rakib Hasan - along with five other Sydney men, have been charged with conspiring to manufacture explosives in preparation for a terrorist act.

The Melbourne suspects are charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation. The group includes Abu Bakr, an extremist cleric who made headlines last year when he described Osama bin Laden as a "great man".

The document on the Sydney suspects said some of the men had "obtained extremist advice and guidance" from the cleric at a terrorist training camp in New South Wales. It said members of the group sought materials to produce explosives, ordering dozens of gallons of chemicals.

During a search of Mr Elomar's home on June 27, police said they found a computer memory stick containing instructions in Arabic for making TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a highly unstable explosive made from commercially available chemicals.

The suspects' lawyer has said prosecutors have produced no evidence of an imminent terror attack in the country.

Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil, but has been on medium security alert since shortly after the September 11 2001 attacks on the US.

When these guys were arrested, they were not in possession of explosives, so this was a test run to see if they could get near the nuclear plant. And you know what they found out? They can. They were arrested after they penetrated the property, and had already left the area.

Let's hope Australia got all of these guys, because it isn't that hard to pull off what they were trying to pull off.