Ineffective terrorists hit Scotland airport

Another attempted terror attack in the United Kingdom? Apparently so, but it doesn’t seem to have done much damage, heavens be praised:

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – Two men rammed a flaming sport utility vehicle into the main terminal of Glasgow airport Saturday, crashing into the glass doors at the entrance and sparking a fire, witnesses said. Police said two suspects were arrested.

The airport – Scotland’s largest – was evacuated and all flights suspended, a day after British police thwarted a plot to bomb central London, discovering two cars abandoned with loads of gasoline, gas canisters and nails. …

In Glasgow, the green SUV barreled toward the building at full speed shortly after 3 p.m., hitting security barriers before crashing into the glass doors and exploding, witnesses said. Two men jumped out of the burning vehicle, one of them engulfed in flames, they said.

“The car came speeding past at about 30 mph. It was approaching the building quickly,” said Scott Leeson, who was nearby at the time. “Then the driver swerved the car around so he could ram straight in to the door. He must have been trying to smash straight through.” …

Passengers fled running and screaming from the busy terminal, Margaret Hughes told the British Broadcasting Corp. … Police said it was unclear if anyone was injured. ….

Leeson said bollards – security posts outside the entrance – stopped the driver from barreling into the bustling terminal at Glasgow’s airport.

“He’s trying to get through the main door frame but the bollards have stopped him from going through. If he’d got through, he’d have killed hundreds, obviously,” he said.

Leeson said only the nose of the vehicle made it inside the building. Richard Grey told the BBC that the vehicle was lodged into the center of the terminal’s main entrance.

“The jeep is completely on fire and it exploded not long after. It exploded at the entrance to the terminal,” witness Stephen Clarkson told the BBC. “It may have been an explosion of petrol in the tank because it was not a massive explosion.”

More here and here.


British authorities raised that nation’s threat level to “critical” today following a vehicle attack on a passenger terminal at Glasgow airport in Scotland, British authorities said.

The last time the threat level was raised to critical in the United Kingdom was last August after a liquid bomb plot was foiled.

Subsequently the threat level had been reduced to severe where it remained until today.

Although the threat level “critical” is meant to indicate an attack is imminent, in practice the British appear to have reserved its use for after an attack or attempted attack has already occurred and a follow-up attack is imminent.

11 Responses to “Ineffective terrorists hit Scotland airport”

  1. Joe Loy says:

    Yeah. The Cablenewsies ~ this time I won’t sarcastically Quotemark the “news” bit, since it actually Is news ~ are saying (as I was Saying :) that it Appears the vehicle, notwithstanding its Fiery Crash, didn’t Detonate like the explosives-and-nails-packed ones in London presumably Would have, had they not been Defused in time.

    We await further commentary from Alasdair, our Glaswegian-in-Residence.

  2. Toni says:

    My Daughter is in Italy for the next month
    as part of her Art Major at UC Davis.

    I DO NOT WANT THE SH*T to hit the fan while my baby is over there….
    arg arg arg

  3. 4-7 says:

    Whether this is Islamic extremism or not, it is certainly out of the playbook – “We shall blow up a small portion of their property and a chain reaction will occur destroying their economy and hundreds of thousands of lives, and they’ll be killing themselves on the outskirts of the city, and the Fifteenth Caliphate shall be ushered in, etc. etc., – Now apply black cats to mail box. Light black cats. Close door and run if you are an infidel coward. If you wish to receive eternal glory and burkhaed virgins, leave door open.” It’s textbook.

  4. 4-7 says:

    But to be serious, how much terrorism would there really be a need for if we could actually get to work ?

  5. Peter Evans says:

    Tch, ‘Carry on Terrorists’ indeed.

    Time was when we had huge car bombs going off all over the place every year or so destroying entire shopping and business complexes, explosive devices blowing up pubs and determined attacks on military barracks. Now that was classic terrorism. Good ol’ IRA.

    Nowadays we have idiots unable to properly get the chemical bomb mixture right and oafs who through seeing burning cars explode dramatically in 24 somehow think it translates to real life.

    Frankly its not even terrorism anymore, instead its rather embarrassing.

    (Yes, I was touching wood as I typed that for jinxy protection.)

  6. Mad Max, Esquire says:

    Is there such as thing as Keystone Al Qaeda?

  7. Condor says:

    I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere that Glasgow is the birthplace of the new British PM Gordon Brown. So, given that the London bombing attempt and this Glasgow disruption have happened immediately following his ascension to PM is it the case that these attacks are deliberately planned to hit home to him? Or is this just coincidence?

  8. Joe Loy says:

    Peter Evans, I believe the Bad oul’ IRA [prior to their Decommissioning Epiphany, y’know :] also managed to Fook up th’ job from time to time, t’anks be t’ Gawd fer small favours ~ remember the time they (or maybe it was the spinoff “RIRA” or “CIRA”) fired off a Mortar round at 10 Downing and blew a hole in the ground in the Back Garden? ;> ~ but Yeah: all too often they were All Too Efficient. / One notes that they never did deploy Suicide bombers, though. / After all, suicide is a mortal Sin. :|

  9. Peter Evans says:

    Hi Joe!

    Yeah, I remember they did mess up from time to time. One IRA bloke accidently blew himself up on a fish & chips shop once, and we found a few devices we managed to defuse in the 90’s too. I think it’s because our new home-grown terrorists aren’t being funded from overseas, and don’t have the connections or the low profile to buy industrial/commercial explosives and their ingrediants like the IRA had.

    Ooh – it was fun watching American films bend over backwards to show that their Irish terrorist antagonist was from a ‘extreme breakaway IRA splinter group’, so as not to upset certain demographics! :D

    As for the mortar bomb, I remember seeing the video of the front door of No.10 shake violently as it went off. Apparently the cabinet were covered in glass, but that was all. A more serious attempt was of course the Brighton Bombing.

  10. Alasdair says:

    SIGH !

    It all sounds so much like an episode of Red Dwarf that didn’t quite make it …

    Worse yet, it sounds like the perpetrators were on a budget and decided not to afford the nails and explosive things … they do sound very sassenach-muslim …

    Peter – you beat me to “Carry On, Terrorists” … although Sid James and the rest would have more likely gone for Oban International Airport rather than Abbotsinch … or, more likely, Mr James would have played a character called “El Sid” … (grin) …

  11. Peter Evans says:

    Alasdair! You wag! :D (Groan)

    Indeed the ‘terrorists’ had been watching too many movies – they should have read this site and saved themselves bother – (Why gas tanks don’t explode dramatically like in movies…)