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Londonistan: UK Raids Weapons Factory, Seek Chemical Suicide Vest

What began as a story of a man shot by British authorities in a raid has developed into a far more troubling situation as new details become available. It is now known that UK police acted on specific intelligence and raided a suspected chemical weapons factory, shooting one man in the raid. Now, the police and MI5 counterterrorism division are on a “desperate hunt” for a chemical suicide vest that was reported by an informant but not found at the site.

Police fear that the strike, using a home-made chemical device, was imminent after an informant told MI5 that he had seen the lethal garment at the home of two young men. Last night detectives were at the hospital bedside of a 23-year-old postal worker shot during a raid on his parents’ home, while his younger brother, aged 20, was being questioned at Paddington Green high security police station….

Armed officers who led the assault on the terraced house in Forest Gate, East London, wore oxygen masks and protective chemical gear after a tip-off from MI5 that the device had already been assembled.

However, security chiefs are deeply concerned that there was no sign of the vest inside what they believe is a chemical bomb factory.

The BBC reports that detained are Abdul Kahar 23, who was shot in the shoulder or upper chest but without life-threatening injuries, and Abdul Koyar, 20. Both men are of Bangladeshi origin. MI5 had been tracking Bangladeshi youths for weeks, monitoring communications and movements on suspicion of terrorist activity.

Authorities fear that closed areas such as the London subway or bars full of World Cup fans may have been potential intended targets of the chemical attack. The one known vest in question remains unaccounted for and there is also no reported indication of whether this may have been part of a larger operation with more facilities and devices. For a small chemical device, small closed areas with functioning controlled ventilation systems are more conducive to lethal dispersal than outside open elements.

Describing the MI5 informant who tipped authorities to the impending chemical attack as “nervous”, London’s Times Online said that the information and details that he had shared “were so precise and so terrifying that intelligence agents had to drop some of their other investigations” in order to provide enough attention and resources to preempt the assault.

While surely more alert and aware of individuals now, the MI5 has had a rocky history with informants since the 7/7 London bombings, fearing that they had allowed themselves to be infiltrated by Islamists posing as informants in the rush that followed. The Times Online also reported that authorities have said that some of the details the informant provided them “bordered on the incredible”, but that “they dared not ignore this alert.”

This is a significant development, indicating a potential shift from explosives attacks to chemical attacks among Britain’s unassimilated Muslim population. As noted before, Londonistan remains a simmering problem, a product of decades of troubled British immigration policies. The Londonistan problem was not created overnight, nor will it be resolved overnight.