UPDATE II: ABC News reports that the US warned the UK of an imminent attack at Glasgow two weeks ago. That makes today’s incident a likely case of Islamist attack:
U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of a possible terror attack in Glasgow against “airport infrastructure or aircraft,” a senior US law enforcement officials tells the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
The intelligence reports also warned that airports and aircraft in the Czech Republic could be the targets of al Qaeda-connected terrorists. …
A US official told ABCNews.com that the intelligence reports led to the assignment of Federal Air Marshals to flights into and out of both Glasgow and Prague.
If the US had picked up intel on this attack, it shows that we have our ear fairly close to the ground — and that AQ has lost a lot of its competence and capability. The same sources tell ABC that the US has nothing specific about attacks here in the US, but airport security here is being beefed up just in case.
Original post follows:
Reports from Glasgow say that a car in flames crashed into the front of Glasgow Airport, resulting in two arrests and speculation that the attack may be tied to two London car bombs discovered yesterday. If so, it’s a bad week for jihadists:
Witness James Edgar told Sky News he was in the airport during the incident.
He said a four-wheel drive, believed to be a Cherokee Jeep, tried to drive into the building, but was stopped by security barriers.
“I was in the airport booking a holiday, suddenly people were running as if they were missing their flight, but then we were told to get out of the airport,” he said.
“A four-by-four had rammed into the building and caught on fire.
“Police were scuffling with a gentleman.”
If this is tied to a campaign of terrorist attacks against the United Kingdom, it’s off to a poor start. All that Jihadi U has managed to muster from its Class of 2007 are two failed bomb designs and a torch job with no damage. They’ve also allowed their operatives to get identified, with a good possibility of having their cells rolled up and future operations scuttled.
It’s a great week’s work for The Flaming Anuses at Jihadi U. If this continues, they may lose their accreditation.
UPDATE: Is there another terrorist situation in Belize? Lance at TMQ-2 says a Continental Airlines jet has been isolated on the tarmac due to a bomb threat. Most of those, however, turn out to be stunts and have nothing to do with Islamists. We’ll update as more details become available.