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Terror plot to launch Mumbai-style terror attacks on Britain, France and Germany thwarted
- From: SKY News, The Wall Street Journal
- September 29, 2010
A TERROR plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks on Britain, France and Germany has been thwarted after the CIA ramped up missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal regions.
The plan was in an advanced but not imminent stage and the plotters had been tracked by spy agencies "for some time", Sky News sources said.
Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes on London and major cities in France and Germany, similar to the commando-style raids carried out in Mumbai in November 2008, when Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba killed 166 people in a series of gun and grenade attacks.
The European plot had been "severly disrupted" following intelligence sharing between Britain, France, Germany and the US.
It is not known whether the attackers are already in Europe.
When the terror plan came to light, the US military increased its drone strikes Pakistan's Waziristan region, in an attempt to kill the leaders behind the plot.
There have been a record 20 missile attacks using drone aircraft in the past 30 days.
The strikes, launched from unmanned drone aircraft, represent a rare use of the CIA's drone campaign to pre-empt a possible attack on the West.
News of the planned strikes came as the Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated because of a bomb scare for the second time in two weeks.
The all clear was given overnight following the evacuation, sparked by a phone call to the operator of the tower warning of a bomb.
On Monday, a major Paris train station was evacuated after a bomb alert that proved to be a false alarm.
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