Hezbollah stockpiled 3 tons of explosives in London

A foreign government tipped off UK government about the hidden stashes of ammonium nitrate. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 June 2019

Hezbollah stockpiled 3 tons of explosives in London

  • British authorities found disposable ice packs with ammonium nitrate hidden inside them
  • The country added Hezbollah to their terrorist group list last year

LONDON: Radicals linked to the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement were found to be stockpiling bomb-making ingredients in London in 2015 in a case that was kept “hidden from the public,” the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.

Following a tip-off from a foreign government, British police and the MI5 intelligence service discovered thousands of disposable ice packs containing three tons of ammonium nitrate, the report said, citing security sources.

One man was arrested in a series of four raids in northwest London but he was later released without charge after what the paper said was a “covert intelligence operation” that was not aimed at seeking criminal prosecution.

The paper said that the decision not to inform the public about the discovery, which came shortly after the Iran nuclear deal was concluded, would “raise eyebrows.”

The paper said then prime minister David Cameron and interior minister Theresa May were informed but MPs who were debating whether to ban Hezbollah in Britain were not.

The paper said similar discoveries of ice packs used to store explosives were made in other parts of the world.

It said ice packs were used as they looked harmless and were easier to transport. The report added that no attack was imminent and the ammonium nitrate had not been weaponized.

Hezbollah’s militant wing was banned at the time but the Lebanese Shiite group in its entirety was only added to Britain’s terrorist group list earlier this year.


Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

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Woman charged in London with planning to bomb St. Paul’s cathedral

  • Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1
  • Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives
LONDON: A woman appeared in court on Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses including scoping out St. Paul’s cathedral as a possible bomb target.
Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to appear again at the Old Bailey court on Nov. 1, police said.
Shaikh, of Hayes, west London, was charged with preparing terrorist acts between August and October this year including making contact with someone she believed could help her make explosives.
The preparations also included traveling to London and staying at a hotel to conduct reconnaissance, police added in a statement.
The statement of charges said she “noted the hotel’s suitability as a target for a bomb (and) attended St. Paul’s to scope it, for security and for the best place to plant a second bomb.”
She is also charged with preparing the words of a pledge of allegiance to Daesh.