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Monday, April 25, 2005

Al-Qaeda Divers and the UK Navy fleet

Froggy at Froggyruminations has discounted the likelihood of success of such an attack, but the Times of London has raised scuba divers as part of an Al-Qaeda threat to Trafalgar fleet.
SECURITY chiefs fear Al-Qaeda terrorists trained as scuba divers could mount attacks against a royal review of the fleet being held to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar.
A senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) police officer has disclosed that militants using techniques learnt in western diving schools to attack Royal Navy ships are considered the main threat to the event.

Officials fear Al-Qaeda divers could attach bombs to the hulls of the ships, detonate explosives strapped to their bodies in suicide attacks or even board vessels and kill some of those on board.
As I have said before, you don't have to sink a military ship to accomplish a terrorist mission. In fact, the diversion of time, money and personnel to preventing an unlikely threat is, in itself, a sort of a victory for terrorists...

Hat tip: (belated) The Counterterrorism Blog.

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