LONDON -- British intelligence agents say they have stopped a plan to
bomb London's Underground rail system and other transportation
facilities in "the most dangerous threat since the July 7 bombers
struck against the capital's transport system two years ago."
Britain's Security Service delivered that message to Prime Minister
Gordon Brown after defusing a plan experts said emanated from a
suspected al-Qaida cell in Barcelona.
According to the experts, officers in the Spanish internal security
service, GC, in Barcelona uncovered a suspected al-Qaida cell in the
city in January. The cell -- hiding in several "safe houses" around
the city -- reportedly planned to detonate suicide bombs on the
But MI5 officers flew to Barcelona and joined the investigation after
GC telephone intercepts revealed a number of telephone calls traced to
suspected al-Qaida operatives in Pakistan.
It was one of those intercepted telephone calls in which plans to
attack the London subway system, the Channel tunnel and the Severn
Bridge that links England with Wales were revealed.
GC and MI5 agents swooped onto the Barcelona cell and arrested 12
Pakistanis and two Indians. They were held for allegedly planning bomb
"It became clear that not only London, but a number of European
targets had been chosen," confirmed an intelligence source in London.