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9 Muslims Arrested In Kidnap Beheading Plot

From a disappointed Associated Press:

8 arrested in alleged kidnapping, beheading plot

By Rob Harris
Jan. 31, 2007 06:00 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England – Counterterrorism police arrested eight men in an alleged kidnapping plot during pre-dawn raids Wednesday, police said. A broadcaster reported that they wanted to abduct a British Muslim soldier and behead him.

Police would not comment on Sky News reports that part of the plan was to behead the man and post the act on the Internet, but counterterrorism officials – speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation – said the plot was the first of its kind to be uncovered in Britain.

The potential victim was in police custody, Sky reported, saying the kidnapping was going to be an "Iraq-style" execution…

Police were searching 12 homes in the predominantly Pakistani neighborhood in the central England city. Two Islamic book stores were also cordoned off.

The men arrested were accused of committing, preparing or instigating terrorism, police said…

"People don’t trust their own children any more," said Shabir Hussain, chairman of the nearby Ludlow Road Mosque in Birmingham. "You feel like you should challenge your son or daughter: Where are you going at night? What are you watching on TV? What are you doing on the Internet?’

Kids today. What with their loud music and beheading videos. What are you going to do?

Still, it sure sounds like there is a lot of profiling and racial stereotyping going on.

Though, to be fair, this is one of the few articles to mention the religious persuasion of the suspects.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 31st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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