Mumbai-like terror attack on European cities foiled – Homeland Security Newswire

Western Intelligence agencies have intercepted a terror plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks on Britain and other European countries. BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the plot is believed to have moved from the aspirational stage to actual planning.

Sky News’s Tim Marshall reports that militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London and other cities in France and Germany. Marshall quotes intelligence sources to say the plan was in an “advanced but not imminent stage” and the plotters had been tracked by spy agencies “for some time.”

Marshall reports that the planned attacks against European targets would have been similar to the commando-style raids carried out in Mumbai by Pakistan-based gunmen in 2008 in that the terrorists, rather than set up explosives to blow up buildings, would have used machine-guns and hand grenades to kill as many people as possible. In Mumbai, the heavily armed militants launched an assault on various targets in the Indian city, killing 166 people.